John Barrett, historian, archivist, anarchist, cyclist, was born in London and educated at Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith. He graduated from Wolverhampton Polytechnic with a BA degree in English Literature and History. After several years working as a librarian in a busy London borough library, John moved to Scotland to take up a post and build a career as an archivist in the newly conceived Moray District Record Office.

John has conducted extensive original historical research, publishing (variously in collaboration with historian David Iredale and illustrator Christine Clerk) books and articles on archive administration, local history, palaeography, genealogy, archaeology and vernacular architecture. He is also the author of The Salt Trader’s Boy, a novel for children set in Neolithic Scotland, and is now working (simultaneously) on two further books for children.

Travel throughout Britain, Ireland and Europe has provided broader perspectives for research into Scottish history, prehistory, landscape, sites and monuments – as well as a compendious archive of

photographs to illustrate published works and public lectures.

Since 2000 John Barrett has occupied a picturesque cottage on Speyside in rural Banffshire, concentrating full-time on historical research, writing, lecturing, cycling, hillwalking, family, friends, cats and the contemplation of Nature’s bounty.

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