Richard has a Post Graduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde 2021 and is continuing studying at Strathclyde to hopefully achieve an MSc. He also taking a course in Medieval Latin.
Richard is based in Stannington, Northumberland, a rural village alongside the Great North Road, about 10 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne and near the historic market town of Morpeth. His main interests are in Medieval History, Military History, Agricultural History, Palaeography and Local History and he is a specialist in agriculture and agricultural terminology in old documents.
Currently self-employed as “The Northumbrian Genealogist”, Richard carries out family and local history research, producing charts, reports and family history books for clients. The books are a user friendly report of their findings containing family photos, family trees, images of census, parish, newspaper, military records etc. plus maps and other relevant images. So far, he has produced about 20.
Richard has written a 3 volume series on his local parish of Stannington and its residents and servicemen during the WW1 period entitled “Stannington for King and Country” and is working on vol 4 covering the period 1930-1945. He has also written a biography of his Great Gt Uncle Horace Tolson based on his life and service in WW1 entitled “The Schoolmaster’s War” sadly, he was KIA in 1918.
The 14th of October sees Richard giving his first Family History talk to the Hexham Branch of the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society.