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Peter Wilson Coldham - Biography

PETER WILSON COLDHAM (1926-2012) was born in the year of the Great Strike in Britain, 1926, the son of a Foreign Office official. He studied in Rome, England and Scotland and entered a Roman Catholic seminary in 1940. Before completing his noviciate, he was called to arms and joined the Royal Navy in 1945 serving in Australia and China. In 1947 he followed his father into the Foreign Office and, after a posting as Press Officer in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, transferred to the Central Office of Information in London where, after several media appointments, he became head of overseas film and television distribution.

He retired from public service in 1986 in order to devote more time to historical and genealogical research and to writing. He is the author of many standard works on Anglo-American genealogy and his standing in this field has been recognized by the award to him in 1985 of a Fellowship by the American Society of Genealogists and in 1991 of the prestigious Bickersteth Medal. He has latterly identified all the Loyalists whose claims for compensation were examined between 1775 and 1800 and published summaries of their biographies.