Brian Barton was born in Dunkineely, County Donegal, in 1944, was educated at Methodist College, Belfast, graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1967, was awarded an MA by the University of Ulster in 1979, and completed a PhD at Queen’s in 1986. He lectured at the College of Business Studies, Belfast 1971- 1994, tutored in modern history with the Open University, 1995- 2013, and was a research fellow at Queen’s and at Churchill College, Cambridge. He has authored or edited twelve books on Irish history and politics. His most recent publications include: The Secret Court Martial Records of the Easter Rising (The History Press, 2010), and he co-authored with Michael Foy, The Easter Rising (the History Press, 2011). He co-edited with Patrick Roche, and contributed to, The Northern Ireland Question: The Peace Process and the Belfast Agreement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He also contributed chapters on Northern Ireland to A New History of Ireland, Vol. VII, Ireland 1921- 1984, produced by the Royal Irish Academy (Oxford University Press, 2003).