Born in London about 1584. Made a voyage of discovery to Greenland in 1612. Three years later sailed as pilot of the Discovery in search of the North-West Passage, traced the coast of Hudson Strait and the western side of Fox Channel as far as Frozen Strait. He was satisfied as a result of this voyage of 1615 that the North-West Passage was not to be found by way of Hudson Bay. In 1616 discovered and made a chart of Smith's Sound and explored the bay afterwards associated with his name. Killed at the siege of Ormuz, 1622. See also Bylot. Bib.: Voyages of William Baffin, ed. by Markham.
Tiré de Burpee, Lawrence J., Encyclopedia of Canadian History, Makers of Canada Series, vol 12, 1927.