Ruddock Mackay was born in 1922. He served as a rating in the Royal New Zealand Navy between 1942 and 1946, during which time he graduated with a degree in History. He obtained Mas at both London and Oxford Universities. He was a schoolmaster in both New Zealand and England. Between 1954 and 1965 he was a lecturer in naval history at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and later he lectured in Modern History at St. Andrew’s University, Scotland.
His publications include
• Admiral Hawke (Clarendon Press), 1965).
• Fisher of Kilverston (Oxford University Press, 1973).
• The Hawke Papers, a Selection, 1743 – 1771 (Navy Records Society, 1990).
• Hawke, Nelson and British Naval Leadership (Boydell Press, 2009).
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