About Dr.Todd Gray The Mint Press

Todd has been awarded an MBE in the 2014 Queen's New Years Honours list as retiring Chairman of the Friends of Devon's Archives and for services to Devon's heritage. He collected his medal at an Investiture held by HRH The Prince of Wales on the 14th March 2014

Dr Todd Gray has devoted his working career to the study of Devon's history. His passion for his adopted county is self-evident through his publications and in his lectures. He has written more widely on Devon than any other Devon historian and is at the heart of its historical community.

Dr Gray has taken the lead in promoting the study of Devon's history and has most recently led efforts in developing continuing dialogue between the key stakeholders in Devon's archives and local councils. He has regular appearances in local and national media.

Dr Gray was born in New England and first came to England as a schoolboy in the 1970s. He returned to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of London. He subsequently enrolled as a post-graduate student at the University of Exeter and in 1989 was awarded his Doctorate in History. He remains a Research Fellow of the University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

He set up his own publishing business and has now successfully published 48 titles mainly written by him and by other writers. Four were awarded `Devon Book of the Year' by the Devon History Society. Each is about local history and they cover a wide range of aspects relating to the South West and particularly Devon and Exeter. All stages of a book's publication are organised and produced in Devon using other local businesses.

One can truly say they are "made in Devon". Dr Gray's other achievements are that he wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper, the Express and Echo (`History Matters') and has written questions for Mastermind. He is Chairman of the Devon & Cornwall Record Society, the past president of the Devon Family History Society and a past Chairman of the Devonshire Association and of the Friends of Devon's Archives. He is a committee member of the Devon History Society and Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries. Dr Gray is also a member of the Devon Buildings Group. He is actively involved in supporting many local history groups and charities.

Dr Gray undertakes numerous public and private talks each year and has lectured in more than 125 villages and towns in Devon as well as in such far-flung places as Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Most of his time is spent researching, writing, and with his publishing business, however, he also enjoys gardening and visiting local churches and buildings of interest.

Dr Gray has recently learned that he has ancestors who originated from Barnstaple in the 1620s before emigrating to New England. He is currently employed as a Research Fellow by Exeter University through a grant from the Pilgrim Trust to record bench ends throughout the South West.

Todd can be contacted through this website about any aspect of his books or to enquire about a talk or lecture. Contact Todd

Why not come and visit us and browse our books at our stall at the following events -:



12th June Plymouth U3A at the Mariner Ballroom, Holiday Inn, Plymouth. Elizabethan Name Calling. 10am for 11am 

15th June  Crediton Bookshop at the Shop. The Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire and it's Ancient Buildings. 7pm

19th June Broadwoodwidger Local History Society, at Roadford Lake, Broadwoodwidger Remarkable Women of Devon 7pm

20th June Cornworthy WI Blackshirts in Devon

26th June Upton Pyne, Annual Parish Meeting. The Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire and it's Ancient Buildings. 7.30pm


6th July Barum U3A Barnstaple, Roundswell Community Hall.  Strumpets  10am   and   Kingsteighton WI Remarkable Women of Devon 7.30pm

27th July Totnes U3A St Johns Church, Bridgetown, Totnes. Elizabethan Insults and Swearing in Totnes. 10.45am

10th Aug  Exeter Local History Society Jurys Inn,Exeter. EX1 2AB.  7pm

31st Aug  The Gardens Trust Annual Conference at the University of Plymouth.See Devon Garden Trust for details. Overview of the History of Devon Gardens  Roland Levinsky Building at 5pm. Booking through the DGT Required.


5th Sept Churchill Club Exeter. 10.15am

11th Sept The Friends of The Wharf Tavistock, The Wharf. Art of theDevon Garden.  2pm

12th Sept The Friends of Salcombe Library, The Library,  Salcombe.  Slander and Insults in Devon  7pm

13th Plymouth Post Card Club, Blindmans Scout Centre, Outland Road, Plymouth. Art of the Devon Garden. 8pm

16th Sept  After Dinner Speaker at the Old Exoian club Annual Dinner (Private - invitations only)

19th Sept Yelverton and District Local History Society.  Meavy Parish Hall., The Royal Clarence Fire and St Martins Island, Exeter. 7.00pm

28th Sept  Honiton Local History Society  The Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire and it's Ancient Buildings. 7pm


3rd Oct Kingskerswell WI  Remarkable Women of Devon 2.30pm

11th Oct Okehampton Local History Society, Ockment Centre. The Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire and it's Ancient Buildings.  7.30pm

12th Newton Poppleford and District Garden Club, The Pavilion.  Art of the Devon Garden 2.30pm
         and The Friends of Totnes Museum AGM at the Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes The Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire and it's Ancient Buildings. 7.30pm

14th Sept Ottery St Mary Coleridge Lunch  and Heavitree Church, Exeter

15th Friends of Politmore House at Poltimore House. 4pm TBC

18th  Mid Devon Tractor Engine and Machinery Group Morchard Bishop MB Memorial Hall,  Farming in Devon, 1550 - 1650, 7.45pm

21st We hope to be at Blundells Fair Tiverton

23rd Bow

26th Chagford Local History Society. Endecott House Chagford. Reputation and Slander in Elizabethan England. 7pm

28th Honiton U3A, Honiton, Local History Day


1st Nov Longdown WI at Longdown The Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire and it's Ancient Buildings. 7.30pm

2nd Nov Woodbury Local History Group. Village Hall. The Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire and it's Ancient Buildings. 7.30pm

8th Nov Lustliegh Garden Society,  Lustleigh Village Hall. Art of the Devon Garden. 7.30pm

9th Nov Clyst Hydon WI. Clyst Hydon Village hall. Devons connection with Newfoundland Cod Fishing 2.15pm

Please note that these events are organised by various groups and there may be a small charge for visitors.




Tickets from The Guildhall, Exeter Tel number 01392 665500

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