Roy Bridges BA (Keele), PhD (Lond), FRGS, FRHistS, is Emeritus Professor of History
at the University of Aberdeen. From 2002 to 2008 he was President of the Hakluyt
Society of which he remains a Vice-president and Custodian Trustee.
His principal academic concerns have been the history of exploration and travel especially
in relation to Africa, imperial history, African history, missionary history and
related matters. He has a special interest in the place of Scotland in British overseas
Recent publications include what is now the definitive account of the life and work
of Jacob Wainwright, the freed slave who recorded details of the remarkable journey
by which David Livingstone's body was brought back from the centre of Africa.
A further interest is the local history of Aberdeenshire and in particular that of
the parish in which he now lives, New Machar, of which he has written a history.
Roy Bridges is associated with community council work in Aberdeenshire and has been
Chairman of the Garioch Area Forum of Community Councils He is also Chairperson
of the Nicol Trust and closely involved with All Saints' Scottish Episcopal Church,
Whiterashes as it celebrates its 150th Anniversary and develops a new programme of
The picture on the left is the former Manse in Newmachar, Aberdeenshire.
On the right is the depiction from Volume VI of Hulsius's collection of Travels
of Magellan's ship Victoria which formed the basis for the logo of the Hakluyt Society.