Todd Gray (historian)

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Todd Gray FRHistS, MBE (born 1958) [1] is a historian of the county of Devon, England.

Gray was born and raised in New England, USA and first visited Devon on a school trip in 1973. He undertook a degree in London and then started studying for a PhD at the University of Exeter in 1984. He completed his doctorate in 1988 and has since then been a research fellow at the university. In 1992 he became a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. [2]

Gray became a British citizen in 2006 and in 2014 he was awarded an MBE for voluntary services to Devon's history. [2] He has been involved on the committees of many local organisations including Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries (committee), the Devonshire Association (chairman and president), Devon History Society (committee), The Devon and Cornwall Record Society (chairman), Devon Gardens Trust, Devon Family History Society (president), the Centre for South-Western Historical Studies and the Friends of Devon's Archives (chairman). [1] [2]

In 2006, based on a 16th-century document, Gray claimed that the Cornish pasty was in fact invented in Devon as early as 1460 which not only caused consternation in Cornwall, but was remarked upon as far away as China. [3] [4]

As of 2018 Gray had published 48 books, 14 of which are about Exeter. [2] Many of the books have been published through his own company, Mint Press. [5] In November 2018 he was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Exeter at a ceremony in the city's Guildhall. [2]

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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Dr Todd Gray given Freedom of the City". News. Exeter City Council. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  3. "Devon Radio Presenter Judi Spiers interviews Exeter's Famous Historian Dr Todd Gray". Celebrity Interviews. DevonLife. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 2019-09-27.
  4. McKie, Robin (12 November 2006). "Cornish? No, pasties are from Devon". The Guardian . Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  5. "Stevens Books". Retrieved 2015-05-28.