Christopher Skaife

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Christopher Skaife, Hatchards, London, November 2018.

Christopher Skaife is Yeoman Warder Ravenmaster at the Tower of London.[1] His responsibilities include the care and feeding for the ravens of the Tower of London.[2]

Skaife grew up in Dover, and joined the British Army at the age of 18.[3]

Skaife is a retired Staff Sergeant, and a former Drum Major with the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.[4]

In 2011, Skaife succeeded Derrick Coyle as Ravenmaster at the Tower of London, where he is responsible for seven ravens.[4]

In 2018, he published The Ravenmaster, which The Guardian called "a wonderfully personal account of life with the ravens".[3][5]


  • The Ravenmaster 2018 ISBN 9780374113346


  1. ^ Mirsky, Steve (January 2019). "Ravenmaster Christopher Skaife Tells of His Relationships with the Tower of London's Resident Birds". Scientific American. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ Larson, Sarah (29 October 2018). "Bird-Watching with the Ravenmaster". The New Yorker. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Smith, P. D. (3 November 2018). "The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife review – my life at the Tower of London". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b Theobald, John Owen. "The Tower of London Ravenmaster". Historic UK. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. ^ Macdonald, Helen (October 2018). "The Brilliant, Playful, Bloodthirsty Raven". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 27, 2018.