Gill Blanchard a historical biographer, writer of local histories, professional genealogist and house historian based in Norwich. She has had three books published on tracing family and house histories and on writing a family history. She was awarded an MA with Merit in Biography and Creative Non Fiction by the University of East Anglia.

Her first biography was published by Amberley Publishing in May 2017. It is entitled ‘Lawson Lies Still in the Thames’: The Extraordinary Life of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson. It details the career of an ordinary merchant seaman, Yorkshire born and bred, who navigated his way up the ranks to become a Vice-Admiral. He served in the republican army and both the republican and royalist navies; was rewarded by Cromwell and knighted by Charles II and yet, until now, has been largely ignored by historians. See: www.amberley-books.com/lawson- lies-still- in-the- thames.html

Other publications include I Therefore Post Him as a Coward: An anatomy of a Norfolk scandal 1836 (Poppyland Publishing 2017) www.poppyland.co.uk

Blanchard’s website is: www.pastsearch.co.uk