Of Irish descent I am a Royal Navy Veteran (submarines) then offshore Oil Industry (maritime). Subsequently a Maritime Consultant and Ship Surveyor based in Dubai. Got bored with ships and returned to UK in 2013 to pursue things historical (which I regret I did not do fifty years earlier). Now in my seventies I am very fortunate to work full-time at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. I am also a History graduate and keen English local historian and metal detectorist. I collect English hammered coins and Victorian bronze pennies. I have specialist interest in Tudor and Stuart coinage, particularly Charles I declaration and siege coins.