Trevor Royle is an author and broadcaster specialising in the history of war and empire with over 30 books to his credit. Recent publications are Flowers of the Forest: Scotland and the First World War (Birlinn); Civil War: The Wars of the Three Kingdoms, England, Ireland and Scotland, 1638-1660 (Little Brown) and a study of General George S Patton as a military commander. Other books include Winds of Change: The End of Empire in Africa (John Murray); Crimea: The Great Crimean War 1854-1856 (Little Brown) and a highly praised biography of the controversial Chindit leader Orde Wingate, Irregular Soldier (Weidenfeld and Nicolson). His latest book (2009) is The Road to Bosworth Field (Little Brown), a new study of the Wars of the Roses putting the period in its wider British and European context. He has just finished a series of concise histories of the pre-1968 Scottish infantry regiments as well as a new study of Field Marshal Montgomery for a US series edited by General Wesley Clark.
He is a columnist for the Sunday Herald, writing on international affairs and defence-related topics, and has recently been elected an Honorary Fellow in the School of History at the University of Edinburgh. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy, he is also a Trustee of Combat Stress, the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society.
He was born in India in 1945 and lives in Scotland, with homes in Edinburgh and the Angus glens.