Dr Andrew Gailey has taught in the history department at Eton College since 1981 and was a house master from 1993 to 2006. Since then he has been elected Vice-Provost and a Fellow of the College. A graduate of both St Andrews and Cambridge, he is the author of numerous studies of Anglo-Irish relations in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a particular research interest in constructive unionism.
Previous books include Ireland and the Death of Kindness, a study of the British attempt to ‘kill home rule by kindness’ in the twenty years between the fall of Parnell and the rise of Sinn Fein. Crying in the Wilderness: Jack Sayers, a liberal editor in Ulster 1939-1969 charts the rise and fall of liberal unionists with the onset of The Troubles. His latest book, The Lost Imperialist: Lord Dufferin, Memory and Mythmaking in an Age of Celebrity won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography in 2016.
He is presently working on a life of Frances Horner, muse of the Pre-Raphaelite, Edward Burne Jones, and leading light of the Souls.