William Bortrick became fascinated with genealogy as a child while listening to anecdotes and reminiscences of his father. Early on he was encouraged by Harry, 23rd Lord Borthwick and Dr Otto von Habsburg. Later he studied history at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, where he served as a member of the governing Council. In the ensuing years he has developed a knowledge of the genealogy of historical families worldwide. He established Burke’s Peerage Foundation to encourage all, but especially young people, to take a greater interest in genealogy and heritage.