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Maitland, Edward (1824–1897), author and spiritualist, was born on 27 October 1824 at Ipswich, the second son of Charles David Maitland (1785–1865) and his wife, Elizabeth Adye Miller. His father had been a captain, Royal Artillery, serving in battle at the end of the Napoleonic War, a ...

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Mathers, Samuel Liddell (1854–1918), occultist, was born on 8 January 1854 at 11 De Beauvoir Place, Hackney, Middlesex, the son of William Mathers, a merchant's clerk, and his wife, Mary Ann, formerly Collins (d. 1885). From 1866 to 1870 he received a classical education at ...

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Moses, William Stainton (1839–1892), spiritualist, was born at Dorrington, Lincolnshire, on 5 November 1839, the eldest son of William Moses, schoolmaster, and his wife, Mary, née Stainton (b. 1801/2). He was educated at Bedford and at Exeter College, Oxford, where he matriculated on 25 May 1858, graduating BA in 1863 and MA in 1865. During his undergraduate years he suffered a nervous breakdown. He took holy orders, and was curate of ...

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Frederic William Henry Myers (1843–1901) by Eveleen Myers © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Myers, Frederic William Henry (1843–1901), psychical researcher and essayist, was born on 6 February 1843 at St John's parsonage, Keswick, Cumberland, the eldest son of Frederic Myers (1811–1851), perpetual curate of St John's, and his second wife, Susan Harriet Marshall (1811–1896). The mathematician ...

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Podmore, Frank (1856–1910), writer on psychical research, was born at Elstree, Hertfordshire, on 5 February 1856, third son of the Revd Thompson Podmore (1823–1895) and his wife, Georgina Elizabeth, daughter of George Grey Barton and Sarah Barton. After attending Elstree Hill School from 1863 to 1868, ...

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Sanders [formerly Carter], (Orrell) Alexander [Alex] (1926–1988), promoter of the Wicca religion, was born Orrell Alexander Carter, at 56 Church Road, Tranmere, Birkenhead, on 6 June 1926, the son of Orrell Alexander Carter, labourer and musician, and Hannah Jane Bibby, a domestic servant who later became a professional foster mother. Although his parents never married, ...

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Spare, Austin Osman (1886–1956), artist and occultist, was born on 30 December 1886 at 10 Bloomfield Place, King Street, Snowhill, near Smithfield, London, the fourth of the five children of Philip Newton Spare (1857–1928), a City of London policeman, and his wife, Eliza Ann Adelaide, ...

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Stokes [née Sutton], Doris May Fisher (1920–1987), medium, was born on 6 January 1920 at 9 Wong Row, Grantham, Lincolnshire, the only daughter of Samuel Sutton, engineer's labourer, and his wife, Jane, née Wesselby. She was educated locally and was, as a girl, a regular customer at the shop run by ...