- Non-Fiction Releases
- Created on Saturday, 13 August 2011
- By Peter Thomas & Nicholas Tracy
Peter Thomas and Nicholas Tracy have a new book out which is now available for pre-order in hardcover, Master and Madman: The Surprising Rise and Disastrous Fall of the Hon Anthony Lockwood RN. Release date 15 March 2012. Peter Thomas was Professor on English at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, who became interested in Lockwood when researching the founding of the first Welsh settlements in Canada. This research extended twenty years and before his death in 2007 he asked Nicholas Tracy to complete the work.
Anthony Lockwood's story is at the heart of the Georgian Navy though the man himself has never taken centre stage in its history. His naval career described by himself as twenty five years incessant peregrination followed a somewhat erratic course but almost exactly spanned the period of the French wars and the War of 1812. Lockwood was commended for bravery in action against the French; was present at the Spithead Mutiny; shipwrecked and imprisoned in France; appointed master attendant of the naval yard at Bridgetown, Barbados, during the year the slave trade was abolished; and served as an hydrographer before beginning his three-year marine survey of Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy. Against the odds he managed to finesse a treasury appointment as Surveyor General of New Brunswick and became the right hand man of the Governor, General Smyth.
Deeply ingrained in his character, however, was a democratic determination that was out of step with the authoritarian character of the Navy and the aristocratic one of New Brunswick. His expectation of social justice verged on madness, and when he finally succumbed to lunacy it was in the defence of democracy. The turbulence of the times inspired Lockwood to stage a one-man coup d etat which ended with him being jailed and shipped back to London to live out his days as a pensioner and mental patient. Truly a dramatic rise and a tragic fall.