A native of Sackville, New Brunswick, Brian Cuthbertson received a PhD from King’s College, London. He was an archivist at the Nova Scotia Archives (1974–1982) and Head of Heritage in the Nova Scotia government (1983–1995). He is the author of eight books, including The Loyalist Governor, which received the Evelyn Richardson Literary Award. His most recent book is Melville Prison and Deadman’s Island: American and French Prisoners of War, 1794–1816. Brian lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.