William Comyns Beaumont
William Comyns Beaumont, also known as Comyns Beaumont, (1873–1956) was a British journalist, author, and lecturer. Beaumont was a staff writer for the Daily Mail and eventually became editor of the Bystander in 1903 and then The Graphic in 1932.
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."
Among Beaumont's propositions were:
- catastrophic climate changes were the results of the action of asteroids on the earth.
- The Egyptian dynasties up to the 13th century BC ruled in South Wales.
- Jerusalem was originally located in Edinburgh.
- The works of Shakespeare were written by Francis Bacon.
- Francis Bacon was the illegitimate son of Queen Elizabeth I.
- There is a Zionist plot to undermine the British Empire.
- Part of this plot was disinformation disseminated by means of the Bible, which concealed the fact that the Holy Lands were in Britain, not in Palestine.
- The British Isles were Atlantis.
- Jesus was born in Glastonbury, and his life played out in Somerset.
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.
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.
- 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 
- 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- After Atlantis: the Greatest Story Never Told (unpublished; referenced in Eccentric Lives, Peculiar Notions, John Michell, 2002, ISBN 1-57912-228-0, pp. 136–143)
- "Eccentric Lives and Peculiar Notions", John Michell, (1984), Thames & Hudson.
- Cambridge Conference Correspondence: WILLIAM COMYNS BEAUMONT (1873 - 1956) BRITAIN'S MOST ECCENTRIC AND LEAST KNOWN COSMIC HERETIC, Benny J Peiser, October 17, 1997
- Churchill College Archives: The Churchill Papers: May 1930 - Jan 1931 correspondence
- Galactic Central Publications: Magazine Issues
- Time Magazine: Eight Less One, August 15, 1932
- The Atlantis Encyclopedia, Frank Joseph, New Page Books, 2005, p.27, ISBN 1-56414-795-9
- Karl Shaw, Curing Hiccups with Small Fires: A Delightful Miscellany of Great British Eccentrics
- 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
- Find-A-Grave: William Comyns Beaumont notes birth/death dates of 1879-1955