Johnnie Watson was educated at Eton College and commissioned into The Blues and Royals before being seconded to the Guards Parachute Company with whom he served in Cyprus and Suez. On being invalided out of the Army, he joined Country Life and was their senior features writer for over 20 years. He has written some 25 books. These include the best selling Sefton: The Story of a Cavalry Horse (Sefton was blown up by the IRA), biographies of Duke of Monmouth, Royal Millais, and Lionel Edwardes, numerous regimental histories and sporting works. He lives at Shipley in Sussex.