Barry M. Gough
|Barry Morton Gough|
September 17, 1938 |
Victoria, British Columbia
|Occupation||maritime and naval historian|
Barry Morton Gough (born September 17, 1938) is a Canadian maritime and naval historian. In more than a dozen books, and several hundred articles and reviews, he has worked to recast and reaffirm the imperial foundations of Canadian history. Active in national and international venues, Gough has made in the British Columbia context a number of monographic contributions to ethnohistory, cross-cultural relations, patterns of missionary acceptance among Northwest Coast peoples, frontier/borderland studies, and environmental history.
Gough was educated at Victoria High School, the University of British Columbia, the University of Montana and King's College London. He was tutored in the maritime foundations of imperial history by G. S. Graham, Rhodes Professor of Imperial History in the University of London. In addition to his earned doctorate, Gough was awarded the D.Litt. from University of London for distinguished contributions to Imperial and Commonwealth history. His thesis research on the Esquimalt naval base and British strategic matters in the North Pacific was published in 1971 as The Royal Navy and the Northwest Coast of North America.
Teaching and consulting
Initially on the teaching staff of Vic High in Victoria, B.C., Gough became in turn Lecturer, Assistant and Associate Professor, Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, and Co-director of the Centre for Pacific Northwest Studies. From 1972 to 2004 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., he was Associate Professor, Professor and University Research Professor. Founding director of Canadian Studies at Laurier, he was Assistant Dean of Arts from 2000-2003 and on retirement was appointed University Professor Emeritus.
His printed studies are used in a variety of academic curricula and teaching contexts. One such example, from 1998, is "Possessing Meares Island" in The Journal of Canadian Studies. Gough was advisory editor to Macmillan Publishing for World Explorers and Discoverers (1992)) and to Scribner’s for Explorers: From Ancient Times to the Space Age (1998), and was editor of the magazine American Neptune based at Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts (1997-2003).
His contract work in history has included Great Lakes shipwrecks research, the Meares Island case for the Nuu Chah Nulth, and the Alaska inland waters case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Since 2007, he has been Adjunct Professor of War Studies and History, Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ont. Gough has had visiting appointments and lectureships at University of Otago, Duke University, the University of British Columbia, Australian National University, University of Natal, National University of Singapore, King's College University of London, and the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, U.K.
Affiliations and affinities
Barry Gough is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of King's College University of London and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Recent special fellowships include Archives By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, U.K., and Senior Research Fellow, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, B.C. He is also a Serving Brother of the Order of St. John.
He is President of the British Columbia Historical Federation, Past President of the Canadian Nautical Research Society, Past President of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Vancouver Island, and past member of the Board of Academic Advisers, The Churchill Centre, Chicago. He is a Life Member of the Association of Canadian Studies, a founding member of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States and past chair of the joint committee, American Historical Association – Canadian Historical Association. He lectures on maritime and naval topics and on Canadian history and public affairs.
Gough is actively engaged in advancing the interests of the Maritime Museum of BC and Craigdarroch Castle Heritage Society in Victoria, B.C., among other volunteer commitments in the region, and of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver, B.C. Involved in the local music scene through the non-profit society Universal Jazz Advocates and Mentors (U-JAM),  he also performs as a jazz clarinetist.
Gough has received the Psi Upsilon Distinguished Service Alumnus Award, the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Hoffmann-Little Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His writings have won critical acclaim and awards within Canada and abroad. Prizes have included the Clio Prize of the Canadian Historical Association and medals, awards and honourable mentions from various organizations: the North American Society for Oceanic History, the Writers Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize, the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, B.C. Book Prizes, and the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing given by the British Columbia Historical Federation.Historical Dreadnoughts: Arthur Marder, Stephen Roskill and Battles for Naval History was chosen by the Canadian Nautical Research Society for its 2010 Keith Matthews Award, named in honour of the society's first president to recognize outstanding publications in the field of nautical research. Gunboat Frontier: British Maritime Authority and Northwest Coast Indians, 1846-1890 won the same award in 1985, and The Northwest Coast: British Navigation, Trade, and Discoveries to 1812 earned honourable mention in 1993.
Gough is planning further books in naval and Northwest Coast history. Of his previous books, he has said his favourite subject as author is Sir Alexander Mackenzie, whose life he wrote in 1997 as First Across the Continent.
- The Royal Navy and the Northwest Coast of North America, 1810-1914: A Study of British Maritime Ascendancy. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1971. ISBN 0-7748-0000-3.
- Canada. Modern Nations in Historical Perspective Series. Toronto: Prentice Hall, 1975. ISBN 0-13-112789-6.
- The Northwest Coast: British Navigation, Trade and Discoveries to 1812. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1992. ISBN 0-7748-0399-1; first edition appeared as Distant Dominion (UBC Press, 1980).
- Gunboat Frontier: British Maritime Authority and Northwest Coast Indians. UBC Press. 1984. ISBN 978-0-7748-0175-1.
- The Falkland Islands/Malvinas: Struggle for Empire in the South Atlantic. London: Continuum, 1992/Athlone Press, 1992. ISBN 978-0-485-11419-5.
- First Across the Continent: Sir Alexander Mackenzie. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press. 1997. ISBN 978-0-8061-3002-6.; Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1997. ISBN 978-0-7710-3406-0.
- Fighting Sail on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay: The War of 1812 and its Aftermath. Naval Institute Press/Vanwell Publishing. 2002. ISBN 978-1-55750-314-5.
- Through Water, Ice and Fire: Schooner Nancy of the War of 1812. Dundurn Press Ltd. 2006. ISBN 978-1-55002-569-9.
- Britain, Canada and the North Pacific: Maritime Enterprise and Dominion, 1778-1914. Ashgate Variorum, 2004. ISBN 0-86078-939-X.
- Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1-55017-428-2.
- Historical Dreadnoughts: Arthur Marder, Stephen Roskill and Battles for Naval History. Seaforth/Pen and Sword, 2010. ISBN 978-1-84832-077-2.
- Introduction to Andrew David, ed., William Robert Broughton’s Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific 1795-1798. London: Hakluyt Society, 2010. ISBN 978-0-904180-97-8.
- The Historical Dictionary of Canada. Scarecrow Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8108-3541-2.; 2nd edition, 2011.
- Juan de Fuca's Strait: Voyages in the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-1-55017-573-8.
- Works by or about Barry M. Gough in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- International Who’s Who 2004, entry at “Gough, Barry Morton”; Europa Publications/Routledge, p. 634; online here; retrieved 2011-02-02.
- Inventory of work, University of Victoria Libraries, Victoria, B.C., search term “Barry M. Gough," online here; retrieved 2011-02-22.
- G. S. Graham (University of London), 1964 lecture at Queen’s University Belfast, School of History and Anthropology, "An epoch of Maritime Empire: the nineteenth century," published as ‘’The politics of naval supremacy: Studies in British Maritime Ascendancy’’ (Cambridge, 1965); online here; retrieved 2011-02-25.
- W. Kaye Lamb on The Royal Navy and the Northwest Coast of North America, 1810-1914 by Barry M. Gough, BC Studies, No. 12 (Winter 1971/72), pp. 75-78; online here; retrieved 2011-02-25.
- Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ont., Barry Gough fonds online here; retrieved 2011-02-09. The Canadian Studies curriculum was brought within the North American Studies program as of the academic year 2008/2009; Laurier Faculty of Arts homepage here; retrieved 2011-05-10.
- Teaching material ranges from young adult non-fiction in the Scribner Science Reference Series (Geography and Exploration – Biographical Portraits, Barry M. Gough, ed.; online here; retrieved 2011-02-24) to coursework for civilian and military personnel in the DNDLearn modules, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ont., online here; retrieved 2011-02-26.
- Gough, Barry M., "Possessing Meares Island," Journal of Canadian Studies, 1 July 1998 (Trent University, Peterborough, Ont.); online here; retrieved 2011-02-21.
- Bohlander, Richard E., ed., World Explorers and Discoverers (New York: Macmillan, 1992); bibliography and reading list online here; retrieved 2011-02-24.
- Explorers sequence, information here; retrieved 2011-02-25.
- As editor-in-chief of The American Neptune: Maritime History and Arts, refer here; for museum context, refer here; retrieved 2011-02-23.
- The case reference can be found here; retrieved 2011-03-01.
- Letter of appointment as adjunct professor of history, War Studies, RMC (online listings password-protected); course readings for HIE208 Canadian Military History (2010), Module 2, Week 3, Barry Gough and Roger Sarty, "Sailors and Soldiers: The Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Forces, and the Defence of Atlantic Canada, 1890-1914"; online here; retrieved 2011-02-26.
- Gough address at Churchill birthday event 30 November 2005: “Titans at the Admiralty: Sir Winston and Admiral Lord Fisher”; speakers archive online here; retrieved 2011-02-17. Churchill Foundation Vancouver Island, www.cfvi.ca/
- Readings and reviews at Churchill Centre, Chicago online here; retrieved 2011-03-02.
- Gough was 2012 president of U-JAM. Laura Lavin, “Gallery gets jazzy,” Saanich News, 27 Jan 2012, A-13; online here; retrieved 2012-02-28.
- Psi Upsilon Distinguished Service Alumnus Award, discussed online here; retrieved 2011-01-30; the Hoffmann-Little Award for Outstanding Teaching, online here; retrieved 2011-01-30.
- Churchill Foundation Vancouver Island, newsletter 30 August 2012, “Barry Gough, recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, to give Presentation at Victoria Golf Club,” retrieved 2012-10-17, online at http://cfvi.blogspot.ca/2012/08/barry-gough-presentation-at-victoria.html/.
- The CHA's Clio Prize criteria, outlined online here; retrieved 2011-03-02; Dundurn citation, including the Clio Prize : “Barry Gough, sailor-historian, is past president of the Organization for the History of Canada and the Official Historian of HMCS Haida, Canada's most decorated warship. His acclaimed books on the Royal Navy and British Columbia have received numerous prizes, including the prestigious Clio Award of the Canadian Historical Association"; http://www.dundurn.com/authors/barry_gough; retrieved 2011-03-02.
- The North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) gives the John Lyman Book Awards annually for books published in six categories of the maritime history field. Gough's Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America (Harbour Publishing) was 2007 winner in category “Canadian Naval and Maritime History”; Through Water, Ice and Fire: Schooner Nancy of the War of 1812 (Dundurn Press) received a 2006 Honourable Mention in category “Canadian Naval and Maritime History”; and Fur Traders from New England: The Boston Men in the North Pacific, 1787-1800 (Arthur H. Clark Co.) was 1997 winner in the category “Primary Source Materials, Reference Works, and Guide Books”; discussion of awards online here; retrieved 2011-02-19.
- Writers Trust of Canada list online here
- B.C. Historical Federation criteria online here; retrieved 2011-02-27; and list of winners online here; retrieved 2011-02-02.
- Awards list, website of the Canadian Nautical Research Society, online here; CNRS award citation text on website of Pen and Sword Books, ref. ISBN 978-1-84832-077-2, online here, retrieved 2011-10-05; Wilfrid Laurier University, news release, 23 June 2011, online here.
- Alexander Mackenzie's overland explorations to the Arctic and Pacific coasts are discussed by Jamie Morton, writing on Gough’s First Across the Continent: online here; retrieved 2011-02-21.
- Fortune's a River context here; retrieved 2011-02-27.
- http://www.wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=165 North American Studies
- http://hmcshaida.ca/hhistory.html HMCS Haida
- http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/research-guides/imperial-commonwealth-history.htm Imperial and Commonwealth History
- http://www.acsus.org/ Association for Canadian Studies in the United States