Born and educated in Ballymena, County Antrim, John now lives with his husband Andrew in the city of Dublin having lived for a year in the City of Gibraltar which borders the south of Spain. He has wide-ranging interests including in heraldry.
In May 2013, John assumed arms for himself, which in October 2014 he registered with Assumearms.com with the number 1000247. The Arms are blazoned as:
Quarterly Purpure and Argent, a Cross between four Fleurs-de-lis all counterchanged.
In October 2014, John devised a badge that he will uses as well to complement the above arms. It is blazoned as:
A Maltese Cross Quarterly Argent and Purpure, all edged Or.
In July 2011, I joined the Order of St Isidore of Seville which exists
To encourage responsible use of the Internet and educate members of the order and the public at large about the dangers of improper and immoral use of the web. And wherever possible to direct them towards resources that will help them avoid temptation and improper use.