David Cornell was born in Leicester and educated at Loughborough Grammar School.
He read History at Durham University graduating with a First. During his time at
Durham he was introduced to the Scottish wars by Professor Michael Prestwich and
he subsequently returned to Durham to as a postgraduate where he spent several years
researching the wars. He was awarded a PhD in early 2007 and is currently engaged
in further research and the writing of a number of academic articles.