William Comyns Beaumont

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William Comyns Beaumont, also known as Comyns Beaumont, (1873–1956)[1] was a British journalist, author, and lecturer. Beaumont was a staff writer for the Daily Mail[1] and eventually became editor of the Bystander in 1903[2][3] and then The Graphic in 1932.[4]

Beaumont was an eccentric with several unusual beliefs, many of which were linked to British Israelism. His astronomical speculations were later mirrored by Immanuel Velikovsky's works. According to Frank Joseph: "Beaumont’s work was taken over entirely by Immanuel Velikovsky in his famous Worlds in Collision (1950), which elaborated on the possibility of a celestial impact as responsible for the sudden extinction of a pre-Flood civilization."[5]


Among Beaumont's propositions were:

Beaumont accepted the existence of giants based on folklore, mythology, traditions and archeology as real. Beaumont believed that Britain was the location of Atlantis and that it was occupied by a giant race of Aryans.[6]


New Editions of The Riddle of the Earth; The Mysterious Comet; The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain and Britain: The Key to World History have been published with the permission of The Estate of Comyns Beaumont.

Previous printings:

  • The Riddle of the Earth, Chapman & Hall, London (or Brentano's, New York), 1925, OCLC 1517479
  • The Mysterious Comet: Or the Origin, Building up, and Destruction of Worlds, by means of Cometary Contacts, Rider & Co., London, 1932, OCLC 8997586
  • The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain, Rider & Co., London, 1946 (Kessinger Publishing Co., 1997, ISBN 1-56459-900-0)
  • Britain, the Key to World History, Rider & Co., London, 1947 [7]
  • The Private Life of the Virgin Queen, self-published, 1947, OCLC 601691
  • A Rebel in Fleet Street, Hutchinson & Co., London, 1948 (or 1944) (his autobiography)
  • After Atlantis: the Greatest Story Never Told (unpublished; referenced in Eccentric Lives, Peculiar Notions, John Michell, 2002, ISBN 1-57912-228-0, pp. 136–143)[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • "Eccentric Lives and Peculiar Notions", John Michell, (1984), Thames & Hudson.


  1. ^ a b c Cambridge Conference Correspondence: WILLIAM COMYNS BEAUMONT (1873 - 1956) BRITAIN'S MOST ECCENTRIC AND LEAST KNOWN COSMIC HERETIC, Benny J Peiser, October 17, 1997
  2. ^ Churchill College Archives: The Churchill Papers: May 1930 - Jan 1931 correspondence
  3. ^ Galactic Central Publications: Magazine Issues
  4. ^ Time Magazine: Eight Less One, August 15, 1932
  5. ^ The Atlantis Encyclopedia, Frank Joseph, New Page Books, 2005, p.27, ISBN 1-56414-795-9
  6. ^ Karl Shaw, Curing Hiccups with Small Fires: A Delightful Miscellany of Great British Eccentrics
  7. ^ Reviewed in The Scotsman: The Grail, Jesus's children and Stone Age lasers: Scotland's madder myths - Scotland is the Lost City of Atlantis, Diane Maclean, The Scotsman, April 15, 2005

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