Lesley is a historian, writer and genealogist. Following on from her master’s degree, she gained her doctorate in Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter for her thesis on the experiences of wives ‘left behind’ by emigrating Cornish miners in the nineteenth century. She is an Associate of the Institute of Cornish Studies, and also holds an Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Local History from the University of Oxford.


Before undertaking postgraduate studies at Exeter, Lesley combined independent historical and genealogical research (as Ancestral Locations) with work on a wide range of projects in the scientific press, business communications and interactive training. She has held a number of senior editorial posts, most recently as Editor of the Royal Forestry Society’s Quarterly Journal of Forestry.


After living in many parts the UK, Lesley is now based in West Cornwall.

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