Nicholas Merchant’s career has mirrored his abiding interest in Antiques. He has worked for some of the major Auction Houses in London as well as running his own book business devoted to the Decorative and Fine Arts. His particular interest is English 18th century furniture and Country Houses. However, his interest is broad and he likes to discuss objects, not just for themselves but in their historical context. Nicholas is much in demand as a lecturer which has taken him recently to the United States, South Africa, Europe and all over the United Kingdom, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Since joining the panel of lecturers of the NADFAS in 2004 his convivial style of lecturing has resulted in over 500.
Professor Ian Beckett is Visiting Professor of Military History at the University of Kent. He was Professor of Modern History and Head of the School of Literature and History at the University of Luton before becoming Major General Matthew C Horner Distinguished Professor of Military Theory at the US Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia. He was Professor of History at the University of Northampton from 2005 until February 2009 when he joined the University of Kent. He has led Battlefield Tours to South Africa, lectured on Swan Hellenic and Hebridean cruises.
Sir John read history at Cambridge, served as an officer in the Cameronians in the Malayan jungle and, during a career in the diplomatic service, acted as British Ambassador to Cuba, Brazil and Sweden. His family come from Glen Ure in Argyll, and he has strong connections with the Western Highlands and Islands. He is the author of more than a dozen historical and travel books, including ‘A Bird on the Wing’, retracing Bonnie Prince Charlie’s five-month flight from Culloden. He is currently a contributor to ‘Country Life’ and an experienced guest lecturer on cruises and overland explorations.
Rita has a large fund of knowledge on the history of the Western Isles and regularly contributes to the content of our itineraries.
John has been sharing his love of the Scottish islands with Hebridean Princess’ guests since 1994, and is a member of the Mountain Bothies Association as well as a radio journalist.
Andrea is interested in the history, myth and legend of Scotland, and her knowledge reveals many of the lesser-known details of our destinations.
Footloose guide Pat is an experienced mountaineer, walker and ornithologist. Pat has carried out research for a number of our itineraries.
Anne has a special interest in the architectural heritage and history of Scotland. Having read history at Aberdeen, she enjoys sharing her knowledge with Hebridean Princess’ guests.
Ted is a Footloose walking guide and researcher with interests in history, folklore and local knowledge, shared in entertaining talks.
For all things Scottish, past and present, its people and regions, Marilyn enthusiastically provides added insight and her own personal touch.
Hugh is a keen hill walker with experience of walking the Scottish mountains. He accompanies some of our Footloose cruises and knows the Western Highlands well.
The history and culture of the islands are a constant fascination for Ralph, who has a particular fondness for Skye and walking in the Highlands and Islands.
Wisley trained and experienced in parks, gardens and horticultural education. Formerly Head of Horticulture at Plumpton College, David currently runs a Garden Advisory Service and Horticultural Consultancy.
Professor Roger Knight spent most of his career in the National Maritime Museum. Since then he has been Professor of Naval History at the Greenwich Maritime Institute.
Professor of history at the University of Exeter, Jeremy has lectured extensively throughout the world. A past Council member of the Royal Historical Society, he was appointed to the Order of Membership of the British Empire for services to stamp design. His acclaimed books include ‘War and World 1450 – 2000’, ‘The British Seaborne Empire’, ‘George III’ and ‘European Warfare in Global Context 1660 – 1815’.
Lady Shaw Stewart DL is the resident owner of Ardgowan House, and is an authority on historic interiors and social history.
Stefan Buczacki’s name has been a byword for the most trusted horticultural advice for well over 20 years.
Martin is an author, journalist and politician and was appointed UNICEF Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies in 2001.
Artist, author and humorist, Graham is one of Britain's most popular and best-selling printmakers.
With a love of Scottish literature and the history of the Highlands and Islands, Sue is a fount of local knowledge on our regular strolls in town and country.
After leaving Oxford, where he read Modern History, Dr David Gee took up a post at Shrewsbury School, where he has been Housemaster of two of the houses and head of the history and Divinity Departments, now retired. He carried out educational research in the United States and six European countries for his Doctorate and was subsequently a visiting professor at Rollins College, Florida, during a sabbatical from Shrewsbury.
Christopher Bradley is a prolific travel writer and scriptwriter, contributing to numerous travel guides including the Berlitz Guide to Libya, and intrepid Africa. His many travels have taken him around the world where he has worked variously as photographer, film maker for the BBC, tour leader and guide. The Royal Geographical Society, the V&A Museam, most of the broadsheets, academic institutions and tour operators, have used his images. Christopher is also a NADFAS speaker.
Mark Corby is a freelance lecturer in history and architecture who places a special emphasis on 'Classic Civilisations' and is an occasional lecturer at the institute of Archaeology, University College London. He also lectures for NADFAS organisation. He is a presenter for BBC2, Channel 4, Channel 5 and LWT on programmes including 'the Real Spartacus' 'Alesia: Caesar's greatest battle & Vespasian', 'The Man who saved Rome', and 'The Defeat of the Spanish Armada'