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I have a PhD in late 18th century British history from Cambridge University. Over the past few years I have conducted extensive historical research into the life of John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham, the elder brother of William Pitt the Younger, best known to history as the “late” Lord Chatham and the commander-in-chief of the ill-fated Walcheren campaign of 1809. This blog showcases some of my discoveries about him and his times.

I am currently working on Lord Chatham’s biography. “The Late Lord: the life of John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham” will be published in January 2017 by Pen & Sword Books.

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5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Really enjoyed reading your pieces about John Pitt. I live in Hayes, Kent in a house built where Hayes Place once stood so writing this message a few feet from where Pitt the Elder drew his last breathe and John and the younger William their first. Have done lots of (very amateur) research about the more famous Pitts and their connection to Hayes so it’s great to find out more about John.

    • Hello there, glad you’re enjoying the blog. 🙂 until recently I lived very close to Hayes and am very jealous of your living there: it’s a lovely little village even now it’s a bit more urban than it was in the 1750s. If you’re interested in the Pitts you will want to check out the blogs of my friends Ardent Pittite (ardentpittite.tumblr.com) and A Noon Day Eclipse (theprivatelifeofpitt.com).

  2. I am a distant relative of Mary Townshend Countess of Chatham and may be able to help with your researches as I have been carrying out research on Lord sydney and his family for many years . Please contact me via e mail

    • Hello, and many thanks for getting in touch. I think I have found an email address for you online and have sent you a message as requested. Let me know here if you do not receive it. I have now added a contact form to this page to make it easier to contact me privately in future.

  3. Pingback: Happy 252nd birthday Mary, Countess of Chatham | Always Wanted to be a Reiter

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