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Hi – This is the place where I will share news and updates of current research I am doing. It is also the page where you can contact me if you wish to comment on the work in general, or on individual biographies or events. Please be assured that if you use the Comments Section in response to one of my articles I will not pass on your personal details (name, email) to any third party. For more information read my Privacy Policy.

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Additional information within the parameters of the work is always welcome and can be added to the work if the source material can be validated.(Please note that it is often not the case that renowned sources on the internet and in your library are reliable – as anybody who might have attempted to separate the lives of the two Captain John Elliot in the mid 18th Century will be able to tell you. And don’t get me started on the three George Bowens!)

Should you wish me to accelerate the posting of any biography from this period I will happily do so as long as they fit the parameters of the work (i.e that the individual concerned served in the rank of post-captain or admiral during the period 1776-1815) and that they are one of the 1,200 officers I have already researched. If they do meet the criteria but have not been researched then you may have to wait a little longer!


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I am pleased to post this request from the co-editors of the Trafalgar Chronicle: CALL FOR PAPERS TRAFALGAR CHRONICLE PUBLICATION DATE: FALL 2021 THEME: GEORGIAN NAVY ENCOUNTERS WITH INDIGENOUS CULTURES AND ENSLAVED POPULATIONS For four decades, the Trafalgar...

Three Exciting Projects – Can you help

My good friend Michel Bataillard, who has contributed much useful information to this website, is seeking help with three projects that he is currently working on. If you are able to help then please contact me and I ll put you in touch with Michel. 1 He is rewriting...

Work Status

14.10.2020 Coming up - an article explaining why Captain Essington faced a murder charge, biographies of C Otter, H Bayntun and J Manley, and revisions of J Byron, J Gambier (1) and E Vernon. 25.09.2020 next up, an article on the Romney's capture of the Sibylle,...

John Elliot update

This was a tough biography because of the lack of information and confusion with another Captain John Elliot. I need to verify his career prior to 1756, and until I can do that I've omitted what I do have from his biography. Thanks to Jim Tildesley the biography has...

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