Edith Starr Miller

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Edith Starr Miller, Lady Queenborough (July 16, 1887 – January 16, 1933) was a New York socialite, author and anti-Mormon agitator.

Personal life[edit]

Edith was born in Newport, Rhode Island. She was the only child of William Starr Miller II [1] (1856–1935) and Edith Caroline Warren[2] (1866–1944). William was a wealthy industrialist and real estate operator in New York City.

On July 19, 1921 Edith became the second wife of Almeric Hugh Paget, 1st Baron Queenborough. The marriage took place at the townhouse of Edith's parents, which was located at 1048 Fifth Avenue on the corner of 86th Street in Manhattan, New York.[3] After their marriage the Pagets lived at Camfield Place, near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. The interiors of the house were designed by Edith herself.[4]

The Pagets had three daughters:

  1. Audrey Elizabeth Paget (May 4, 1922 – October 2, 1990) (an aviatrix)
  2. Enid Louise Paget (born July 14, 1923)
  3. Cicilie Carol Paget (April 18, 1928 – September 12, 2013)

The Pagets later separated, and Edith sued for legal separation on January 8, 1932 in New York City, citing cruelty.[5]

Edith died in Paris a year later, on January 16, 1933.[6]

Occult Theocrasy (1933)[edit]

The Pagets were allegedly pro-Fascist,[7][8][9][10] and Edith in particular was friendly with Brigadier-General Robert Byron Drury Blakeney (1872–1952). Blakeney was second president of the British Fascisti from 1924 to 1926, and was later active in the Imperial Fascist League, The Britons, the British Union of Fascists, and the Nordic League.

Edith spent about 10 years (1922–1931) researching many of the most important secret societies existing at that time in Europe and in the Middle East. She detailed her findings in her posthumously published Occult Theocrasy (2 vols.) (Abbeville, France: F. Paillart, 1931–1933), which is now regarded as a classic. Although Occult Theocrasy is not an authoritative work in the strict sense, some sections of it are vastly more informative and revealing than others. Also, as a whole, Occult Theocrasy was more comprehensive and up-to-date in its subject-matter than any other similar work available in the English language at that time. Most of the source information for Occult Theocrasy is listed in the book's bibliography (pp. 667–676).[11] The book also features a brief occult glossary (Appendix III: Masonic and Pagan Symbolism) (pp. 709–720), and a detailed index (pp. 721–741) which is very helpful.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ William Starr Miller II (Oct. 26, 1856 – Sept. 14, 1935)
  2. ^ Edith Caroline Warren (April 15, 1866 – May 17, 1944)
  3. ^ "Lord Queenborough Weds Miss Miller. British Peer Quietly Marries Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Starr Miller", The New York Times, July 20, 1921.
  4. ^ Robert Sencourt, Heirs of Tradition. Tributes of a New Zealander, pp. 105-106n. London: Carroll & Nicholson, 1949.
  5. ^ "Separation Asked by Lady Paget Here", The New York Times, January 9, 1932.
  6. ^ "Lady Queenborough Dies in Paris at 45. Former Edith Stair Miller of New York Was Wed to British Baron in 1921". United Press in The New York Times. January 17, 1933. Retrieved 2010-07-26. Queenborough, the former Edith Stair Miller of New York, died here today in a hospital after an operation. Lady Queenborough, who was 45 ...
  7. ^ Lord Queenborough, "World Plan in Action", English Review, August 1935.
  8. ^ Lord Queenborough, "All that we hold most dear", Saturday Review, September 19, 1936.
  9. ^ Simon Haxey, England's Money Lords. Tory M.P., p. 131. New York: Harrison-Hilton Books, 1939.
  10. ^ Charles Domville-Fyfe, This is Germany, Foreword by Lord Queenborough. London: Seely Service & Co., Ltd., 1939.
  11. ^ Some of the authorities on Freemasonry, occultism, secret societies, etc., listed in the bibliography of Occult Theocrasy include:
    1. Abafi, Ludwig (1840–1909) (click on: Lajos Abafi)
    2. Amiable, Louis (1837–1897)
    3. Bailey, Alice Ann (1880–1949) (click on: Alice Bailey)
    4. Barruel, Augustin, SJ (1741–1820) (click on: Augustin Barruel)
    5. Blanchard, Jonathan (1811–1892) (click on: Jonathan Blanchard (abolitionist))
    6. Cailliet, Emile (1894–1981)
    7. Clarin de La Rive, Abel (1855–1914) (click on: Abel Clarin de la Rive)
    8. Crispi, Francesco (1818–1901) (click on: Francesco Crispi)
    9. Crowley, Aleister (1875–1947) (click on: Aleister Crowley)
    10. David-Neel, Alexandra (1868–1969)
    11. Dee, John (1527–1608)
    12. Frost, Thomas (1821–1908)
    13. Fry, L.(Leslie) (Paquita de Shishmareff) (1882–1970)
    14. Gould, Robert Freke (1836–1915)
    15. Guenon, Rene (1886–1951)
    16. Hacks, Karl (pseudonym: Dr. Bataille)
    17. Heckethorn, Charles William (1826–1902)
    18. Higgins, Godfrey (1772–1833)
    19. Hughan, William James (1841–1911)
    20. Jacolliot, Louis (1837–1890)
    21. Jennings, John Hargrave (1815–1890)
    22. Kenning, George (1836–1901)
    23. La Hodde, Lucien de (1808–1865)
    24. Le Forestier, Rene (1868–1951)
    25. Levi, Eliphas (Alphonse Louis Constant) (1810–1875)
    26. Little, Robert Wentworth (1838–1878)
    27. Mackey, Albert Gallatin (1807–1881)
    28. Margiotta, Domenico (b. Feb. 12, 1858)
    29. Papus (Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse) (1865–1916)
    30. Pollard, Captain Hugh Bertie Campbell (1888–1966)
    31. Poncins, Leon de (1897–1975)
    32. Rosen, Samuel Paul (1840–1907)
    33. Sedir, Paul (Yvon Le Loup) (1871–1926)
    34. Stillson, Henry Leonard (1842–1913)
    35. Stoddard, Christina M. (pseudonym: "Inquire Within")
    36. Summers, Augustus Montague (1880–1948)
    37. Taxil, Leo (Marie-Joseph Gabriel-Antoine Jogand-Pages) (1854–1907)
    38. Waite, Arthur Edward (1857–1942)
    39. Webster, Nesta Helen (1876–1960)
    40. Westcott, William Wynn (1848–1925)
    41. Wittemans, Frans Jean Herman (1872–1963)
    42. Woodman, William Robert (1828–1891)
    43. Yarker, John (1833–1913)