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Barham, Francis Foster [known as Alist Francis Barham] (1808–1871), transcendentalist  

Anne Taylor

Barham, Francis Foster [known as Alist Francis Barham] (1808–1871), transcendentalist, was born on 31 May 1808 at Leskinnick, Penzance, Cornwall, the youngest of the five sons of Thomas Foster Barham (1766–1844), musician and writer, and his wife, Mary Ann, daughter of the ...

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Cook, Florence Eliza (1856–1904), spiritualist and medium  

Alex Owen

Cook, Florence Eliza (1856–1904), spiritualist and medium, was born on 3 June 1856 at Cobham, Kent, the eldest of the four children of Henry Cook (d. 1879), a compositor, and his wife, Emma Till. The Cook family moved from Kent to London...

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Duncan [née MacFarlane], (Victoria) Helen McCrae (1897–1956), medium  

Malcolm Gaskill

Duncan [née MacFarlane], (Victoria) Helen McCrae (1897–1956), medium, was born on 25 November 1897 at 96 Main Street, Callander, Perthshire, the fourth child of Archibald MacFarlane, slater, and his wife, Isabella Rattray. As a child she earned the nickname Hellish Nell for her tomboyish exploits, but alienated her peers with hysterical outbursts and sinister predictions. Fearing shame for their Presbyterian family, ...

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Guppy, (Agnes) Elisabeth (1838–1917)  

Maker: Frederick Augustus Hudson

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(Agnes) Elisabeth Guppy (1838–1917) by Frederick Augustus Hudson, 1872 [right, with Mrs Tebb (left), Miss Georgiana Houghton (seated), and a manifestation] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Guppy [formerly Nicholl; other married name Guppy-Volckman], (Agnes) Elisabeth (1838–1917), medium  

Richard Noakes

Guppy [formerly Nicholl; other married name Guppy-Volckman], (Agnes) Elisabeth (1838–1917), medium, was born Agnes Elisabeth White at 1 Gloucester Crescent, Regent's Park, London, the daughter of Charles Taylor White. Her parents died when she was eleven months old and she was raised by her maternal grandfather, the ...

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Harris, Thomas Lake (1823–1906), millenarian and mystic  

Timothy C. F. Stunt

Harris, Thomas Lake (1823–1906), millenarian and mystic, was born on 15 May 1823 at Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire, the only son of Thomas Harris, an auctioneer, and his wife, Annie (née Lake), who died when her son was only nine. In 1828 the family emigrated to ...

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Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–1886), medium  

Alan Gauld

Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–1886), medium, was born at Currie, near Edinburgh, on 20 March 1833, the third son of William Home (c.1810–1882), a labourer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née McNeil (c.1810–1850), and was raised as a Presbyterian. He seems to have added his middle name later because of his belief that his father was the illegitimate son of the ...

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Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–1886)  

Maker: Maull & Co.

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Daniel Dunglas Home (1833–1886) by Maull & Co. Mary Evans / Society for Psychical Research

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Maitland, Edward (1824–1897), author and spiritualist  

Rosemary T. Van Arsdel

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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Moses, William Stainton (1839–1892), spiritualist  

J. M. Rigg

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

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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Rogers, Edmund Dawson (1823–1910), journalist and spiritualist  

W. B. Owen

revised by Alan Gauld

Rogers, Edmund Dawson (1823–1910), journalist and spiritualist, was born at Holt, Norfolk, on 7 August 1823, the only surviving child of John Rogers and his wife, Sarah, née Dawson. After education at the Sir Thomas Gresham grammar school in his native town, and working for six years as chemist's apprentice and as a chemist on his own account, ...

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Scatcherd, Felicia Rudolphina (1862–1927), journalist and spiritualist  

Anne Taylor

Scatcherd, Felicia Rudolphina (1862–1927), journalist and spiritualist, was born on 10 August 1862 at 7 Chepstow Place, Kensington, London, the eldest of five children. Her father, Watson Scatcherd (1829–1901), had retired from the Indian Civil Service on marrying her mother, Emily Frances Crofton...

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Stokes [née Sutton], Doris May Fisher (1920–1987), medium  

Gillian Evans

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 ...

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Waite, Arthur Edward (1857–1942), mystic and historian of occultism  

R. A. Gilbert

Waite, Arthur Edward (1857–1942), mystic and historian of occultism, was born on 2 October 1857 at Brooklyn, New York, the son of Charles Frederick Waite, an American merchant marine captain of Lyme in Connecticut, and his common-law wife, Emma Lovell, whose family were involved in the ...

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Waite, Arthur Edward (1857–1942)  

Maker: Alvin Langdon Coburn

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Arthur Edward Waite (1857–1942) by Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London