BRIAN TURNER was born in Cork City and has lived in Counties Cork, Offaly, Donegal, Antrim and Down. He was the founding Director of Down County Museum in Downpatrick and previously Curator of Local History at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. He has originated and participated in many studies of locality since completing his doctoral thesis on aspects of County Antrim history, and has written widely on Irish local and cultural history, including an interest in relationships with other places, particularly Scotland, Norway and North America. He is currently Honorary President of the Federation for Ulster Local Studies. He lives in Saul, County Down.