William Wynn Westcott

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William Wynn Westcott (17 December 1848 – 30 July 1925) was a coroner, ceremonial magician, and Freemason born in Leamington, Warwickshire, England.[1] He was a Supreme Magus (chief) of the S.R.I.A and went on to co found the Golden Dawn.

Biography[edit]

He was a doctor of medicine.

In 1871 he became active in Freemasonry where he become Master of his home Lodge three years later and also the Quatuor Coronati research lodge (Master 1893–94[2]).

In 1879 he moved to Hendon. In 1880 he began studying the Kabbalah and joined Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia. In 1882 he met Samuel Liddell Mathers.

Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia[edit]

Westcott became chief of the SRIA with the death of William Robert Woodman.[3]

The Golden Dawn[edit]

Wescott co-founded the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn with Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers and William Robert Woodman in 1887, using the motto V.H. Frater Sapere Aude.

Around this time, he was also active in the Theosophical Society, where he founded in 1891 The Adelphi Lodge in London WC.

In 1896, he abandoned public involvement with the Golden Dawn due to pressure regarding his job as a Crown Coroner, with which it was seen as an unseemly association. He continued to head the S.R.I.A. and later was involved with the Golden Dawn breakaway Stella Matutina.

Later years[edit]

He retired as a coroner after 1910, emigrated to South Africa in 1918, and died in Durban in 1925.

Bibliography[edit]

He was the author of many books on occult topics.

  • The Origin of the Rosicrucians and Freemasons
  • The Occult Power of Numbers
  • An Introduction to the Study of the Kabalah
  • A Lecture To Inquirers Into Theosophy And Practical Occultism
  • History of the Rosicrucian Societies in Anglia

As translator[edit]

Books translated into English:

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Isiac Tablet, about the author section
  2. ^ Ars Quatuor Coronatorum Vol. 7 1895
  3. ^ Regardie, page 17
  4. ^ "SEPHER YETZIRAH OR THE BOOK OF CREATION". 1887. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 

Sources[edit]

  • The Isiac Tablet of Cardinal Bembo By William Wynn Westcott
  • The Golden Dawn By Israel Regardie
  • The Magical Mason anthology of writings by William Wynn Westcott, edited and introduced by

R.A. Gilbert (The Aquarian Press 1983)

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