Hugh Brogan

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Denis Hugh Vercingetorix Brogan (20 March 1936 – 26 July 2019)[1] known as Hugh Brogan, was a British historian and biographer.

Early life[edit]

The son of Sir Denis Brogan and Olwen Phillis Francis (Lady Brogan), OBE, archaeologist and authority on Roman Libya, he was educated at St Faith's School,[2] Cambridge, Repton School, and St John's College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1959 and MA in 1964.[3] From the time when he was a schoolboy, he was a frequent correspondent of J.R.R. Tolkien regarding the latter's works. Tolkien's published Letters include five addressed to Brogan; these are dated 7 April 1948, Christmas 1948, 18 September 1954, 11 September 1955, and 14 December 1955. A draft of a letter addressed to Brogan but not sent is also included. [4]


Brogan was on the staff of The Economist from 1960 to 1963, and was elected a Harkness Fellow in 1962, then was a fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, from 1963 to 1974.[3] He was then part of the department of history at the University of Essex from 1974 to 1998, first as a lecturer, then a reader, and finally as Professor of History from 1992 to 1998.[3]

Major publications[edit]


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  2. ^ "Hugh Brogan - St Faith's School Website". St Faith's School Website. Archived from the original on 2017-06-14. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  3. ^ a b c BROGAN, Prof. (Denis) Hugh (Vercingetorix) Archived 2013-02-10 at in Who's Who 2007 online (accessed 22 October 2007)
  4. ^ Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Humphrey Carpenter ed., 2d ed. 1981

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