Chris Braund 120Chris Braund (England) – English Civil War
Chris works as an historical interpreter from the time of the English Civil War, where his role is Master Christopher, barber surgeon to the desperate. He performs regularly for history groups, schools and tourists. Apart from ‘operating’ on hapless members of the public, he also gives weaponry displays and tells the story of his local English Civil War battle. In addition Chris conducts guided tours of local villages and presents regularly in the UK on topics relating to the seventeenth century, local history and his own one-name study. Almost all his ancestors come from within a fifteen mile radius of where he now lives, so his particular interest is in the history of north Devon.

Chris has appeared in several television programs, talking about the seventeenth century and local history as well as life as a fisherman, an occupation that has been carried out by six generations of his ancestors. He is actively involved in several UK family history groups, serving as President of Devon Family History Society and vice-president of the Isle of Wight Family History Society.

He believes that it is important for us to understand how our ancestors lived and enjoys presenting history in an interactive and lively manner, whilst ensuring that he imparts ‘good history’ at the same time.

Unlock the Past Cruises – 8th


  • An evening with Master Christopher: seventeenth century barber surgeon