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The Interests of Urselius[edit]

Military History

Napoleonic History

English Civil War

Ancient and Medieval History



British History

Irish History


Wikipedia Contributions[edit]

I have created, wholly rewritten or greatly extended 81 articles.

New Pages Created[edit]

I created my first novel page on The Battle of Villagarcia in 1812, 8th Feb 2007.

My second, the Battle of Hyelion and Leimocheir in 1177, 13th May 2008.

The third, Andronikos Kontostephanos c. 1130-1182, 8th August 2008.

The fourth, Alexius Comnenus (d. 1142), 11th September 2008.

The fifth, Battle of Benavente in 1809, 15th May 2009.

The sixth, James Cotter (of Anngrove), 22nd May 2009.

The seventh Firangi (sword), 2nd June 2009.

The eighth Harquebusier (cavalry) (converted from a redirect), 15th June 2009.

The ninth Colquhoun Grant (British cavalry general), 6th Oct 2009.

The Tenth William Careless (Carlos), 26th May 2010. Particularly gratifying to write an article about a relative, however distant in time.

The eleventh Sir James Fitz Edmond Cotter, 30th July 2010. Another (probable) relative.

The Twelfth Óttar of Dublin, 1st August 2010. An alleged ancestor.

The thirteenth Battle of Haram in 1128, 6th June 2012.

The fourteenth Siege of Shaizar in 1138, 23rd June 2012.

The fifteenth John Komnenos Vatatzes, 10th August 2012.

The sixteenth Needler Hall. 1st November 2012.

The seventeenth Hathershaw Hall

The eighteenth Maria Bonita (female bandit)

The nineteenth Secrete (helmet)

The twentieth Battle of Constantinople (1147)

The twenty first Gökböri

Pages Completely Rewritten[edit]

John Le Marchant

Battle of Antioch on the Meander

Battle of Sahagún

John Axouch

Ó Dálaigh


Constantine Gabras

Battle of Verona (312)

Battle of the Hellespont

Battle of Adrianople (324)

Komnenian Byzantine army

Battle of Myriokephalon

Battle of Philomelion

Frederick William, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt


Army of Macedon

John II Komnenos


Boeotian helmet

Battle of Arsuf

Nasal helmet

Close helmet




Late Roman ridge helmet

Equites cataphractarii

Lobster-tailed pot helmet (zischagge)‎

Buff coat

Battle of Jaffa (1192)

Battle of Satala (298)

Pages Largely Rewritten or Greatly Extended[edit]

Robert Ballard Long

Martinian (Sextus Martinianus)

Battle of Chrysopolis

Battle of Cibalae

Battle of the Milvian Bridge

Battle of Turin (312)


1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword

Pattern 1796 light cavalry sabre


Licinius II


Michael III

Basil I


London lobsters

Battle of Sirmium

Battle of Campo Maior

Cotter family

Philip William, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt

Battle of Beroia

Capture of USS Chesapeake

Roger McGough



Coppergate Helmet

University of Hull

Academic dress of the University of Manchester‎


I have contributed to: Battle of Waterloo, Manuel I Komnenos, Battle of Albuera, Late Roman army, 13th Hussars‎, Royal Scots Greys‎, Sir John Slade, 1st Baronet, William Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, Cynric of Wessex‎, Mul of Kent‎, Cerdic of Wessex, Penda of Mercia, Caedwalla of Wessex, Historical basis for King Arthur, Irish People, Bassianus (senator), Scholae Palatinae, Megas Doux, Celts, Stilicho, Labarum, Magnentius, Byzantine–Bulgarian Wars, Christianization of Bulgaria, Boris I of Bulgaria,‎ John Tzelepes Komnenos, Basil II, Charles Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, Battle of Garcia Hernandez, Constantius II, Köse Mihal, Royal Oak, Chad of Mercia, Cedda, Sutton Hoo, Cork (city), History of Cork, Battle of the Standard, Battle of Brunanburh, Byzantium under the Komnenoi, Oliver Cromwell, House of Hohenzollern, Brendan Behan, Cadwaladr ap Gruffydd, Muireadhach Albanach, Battle of Worcester, Rheged, Charles II of England, Knight, British Emperor, Spencer family, Impi, Kopis, Makhaira, Amalfi, Attic helmet, Isaac I Komnenos‎, Springald, Leda class frigate, Lively class frigate, Tuareg people, Richard I of England‎, Third Crusade, Manuel Erotikos Komnenos, Artemia salina, HMS Endymion (1797), Samnites, Flavius Aetius, Bombardment of Algiers (1816), Alexios I Komnenos, Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain, Izz ad-Din Mas'ud, Battle of the Spurs‎ and others.

I made a big push to improve the articles on the battles of Constantine the Great (see:Template:Campaignbox Constantine Wars), which were, in general, rather poor. All are now at least somewhat improved.


Updated DYK query On 14 August, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Andronikos Kontostephanos, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

Howdy from Tirronan Tirronan 23:05, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

Battle of Villagarcia[edit]

Nice article! Djmaschek (talk) 23:17, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword[edit]

Good work on this article. I recoiled in horror from the mess it was before but didn't have time to sort it out. References to the Blessed Robson fill me with confidence. Epeeist smudge (talk) 13:49, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

Awardibus omnibus in toto[edit]

This editor is a Veteran Editor II and is entitled to display this Bronze Editor Star.
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For work on Basil I. It's a fairly obscure subject and and as such is subject to POV-pushing by small numbers of editors, which you have eruditely addressed. Thank you! Herostratus (talk) 15:09, 21 November 2011 (UTC)
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I, [Inspector] No. 108, am honored to award you this medal for your positive and assiduous contributions to the quality management inspection process. I appreciate your assistance in improving the "Stable Version" of the Basil I entry. Always know that you have this humble inspector's gratitude and respect. Thank you. No. 108 (talk) 22:58, 27 November 2011 (UTC)
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I am happy to award you with this token of appreciation for your consistently excellent work on much-neglected Komnenian period-related articles, and especially on Komnenian Byzantine army and John II Komnenos. Keep up the good work! Cheers, Constantine 17:25, 8 June 2012 (UTC)
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For your contributions to bring Capture of USS Chesapeake to Good Article status. Thanks, and keep up the good work! Khazar2 (talk) 15:09, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
Император Иоанн II Комнин.jpg Panhypersebastos award
For excellent and valuable contributions to Komnenian-period articles (not to mention solid work on Greco-Roman and weaponry topics as well), as well as for the invention of the "Panhypersebastos award". If it were not for your work, Komnenian military history would be a rather suffering area in Wikipedia!

Countries Visited[edit]

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Pet Hates on Wikipedia[edit]

I despise people who stick notices saying "needs a reference here" or "needs an image" - why not do something useful like looking for the damn things yourself!?

Oh yes! and jobsworth, "pocket-Hitler" administrators, and the goons who show up for FA reviews.

I hate Wikipedia a lot of the time - I indulge in editing it just because I hate finding things that are wrong, incomplete or badly expressed even more.


In a Wikipedia context my interest is confined to writing lucid text and providing good supporting references and images. I care not one jot about how references are formatted (as long as they are complete), how linking is done and disambiguation, and not an oppidan's fart about use of dashes and date layout. I leave such things to the people who find them to be of importance.


The sweaty condensation, the stench and vileness, the cloacal humours, the brutal delights, the manifold tittering lubricities that have drained through humanity engendered a vast tumour known as Wikipedia. Share and enjoy.