May 10, 2019

Pirate Bill Johnston: The Book

In early May 2019, I signed a publishing agreement with a US publisher, Beacon Publish Group. They agreed to publish my biography of “Pirate” Bill Johnston. I don’t have a release date yet, but will let you Bill Johnston fans know.

The working title is

Chieftain of the Thousand Islands
The Life and Legend of Bill Johnston


I began researching Johnston in 1973—not to say I worked on it every year since. I have been active in building up my info since 2010.

The book goes far beyond the material on this blog. It provides detailed evidence of his spying and scouting work for the Americans in the War of 1812. It expands on the circumstances of his arrest in 1813. There are more stories about his "quiet" years between 1814 and 1838, and more about his long retirement years.

The contents show where other historians have gone wrong, why they are wrong and how they made their mistakes.