Mabel Besant-Scott

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Mabel Emily Besant-Scott ("Mabs") (28 August 1870 in Leckhampton, Cheltenham – 22 May 1952 in Folkestone, Kent[1][2]) was a Theosophist, Co-Freemason and Rosicrucian.

She was the daughter of the famous Theosophist, Secularist, and Co-Freemason Annie Besant and her husband Rev. Frank Besant. She had an older brother named Arthur Besant.

In 1892 Mabel married a journalist named Ernest Scott at Marylebone, London. They emigrated to Australia where she had a daughter, Muriel, and became a Roman Catholic. She returned to England with Muriel in 1909 but Scott did not sue for divorce until 1915.[3] For some time she assisted her mother in both British Co-Masonry and the Theosophical Society Adyar.

After her mother’s death, Mabel Besant-Scott briefly became the head of the British Federation of Co-Freemasonry. A year later she abruptly resigned from Co-Freemasonry, joining the Rosicrucian Order Crotona Fellowship shortly afterwards and taking with her some of her followers from Co-Masonry. She was one of the most active members of this Rosicrucian theatre near Christchurch, which was led by George Alexander Sullivan.[4]


  1. ^ "SCOTT, Mabel Emily Besant", Wills and Probate 1858 - 1996, accessed 2017-07-20
  2. ^ "BESANT-SCOTT Mabel E", FreeBMD, accessed 2017-07-20: Deaths Jun 1952, Folkestone 5b 529
  3. ^ Kathleen Fitzpatrick (1988). "Scott, Sir Ernest (1867 - 1939), Australian Dictionary of Biography". 11. Melbourne University Press: 544–546. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  4. ^ Heselton, Philip (2000). Wiccan Roots: Gerald Gardner and the Modern Witchcraft Revival. Chieveley, Berkshire: Capall Bann Publishing. ISBN 1-86163-110-3.