Born 1944 in Cheshire, UK, (forenames Derek Owen) only child of Edwin and Ida Winterbottom, later hotel proprietors in Lancashire and North Wales.
At Rossall School, Fleetwood, 1949-1962. Read History at Brasenose College, Oxford, 1962-65 (BA, MA), and Diploma in Education at Oxford 1965-1966, including one term teaching at St Paul's School, London.
History teacher at Westminster School, London, 1966-67 and Clifton College, Bristol, 1967-72. Studied for degree of B.Phil. in Medieval Studies at University of York, 1972-73, with dissertation on reasons for the economic and political decline of York in the 15th century. Head of History at Berkhamsted School, Herts, 1973-1979, and Schoolmaster Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Lent Term 1980.
Head of History at Clifton College 1980-1994 and President of the Bristol Historical Association, 1985-87. Research at University of Nottingham, 1994-95. Domiciled in the Isle of Man since 1995. Writer and occasional lecturer and broadcaster. Associate, RHist Soc.; FRSA. Governor, Rossall School, 2004.
He has also been a rowing coach.
Rowed in Brasenose College Ist VIII, 1964. i/c Rowing at Clifton College 1968-72, coached University of York Ist VIII 1972-73, i/c Rowing at Berkhamsted School 1974-79, coached Gonville and Caius Lents Boat 1980, i/c Rowing at Clifton 1981-1994, coached at University of Nottingham 1994-1995. ARA bronze coaching qualification 1979, silver 1980.......... next page.....