Walter Leslie Wilmshurst

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Walter Leslie Wilmshurst (22 June 1867 – 10 July 1939) was an English author and Freemason. He published four books on English Freemasonry and submitted articles to The Occult Review magazine.[1]


Born in Chichester, Wilmshurst was initiated as a Mason in the Huddersfield lodge in 1889,[2] having moved to the town to become a solicitor,[3] for a time becoming president of the Huddersfield Law Society. He died in Huddersfield.[4]



  • The Meaning of Masonry
  • The Ceremony of Initiation
  • The Ceremony of Passing
  • Notes on Cosmic Consciousness
  • Masonic Initiation

Articles and papers[edit]

  • "The Fundamental Philosophic Secrets Within Masonry"
  • "Review: 'The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal' by A.E. Waite"
  • "The Mystical Basis of Freemasonry"
  • "Reason and Vision"
  • "The Working Tools of an Old York Master"
  • "Spurious Ecstasy and Ceremonial Magic"


  1. ^ Robert Lomas. 'The Works of W. L. Wilmshurst Now Freely Available on the Web of Hiram', 23 November 2009.
  2. ^ Robert Lomas. 'The Works of Walter Leslie Wilmshurst ', The Web of Hiram (13 July 2005). Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Mr W. L. Wilmshurst". The Solicitors' journal. The Journal. 83 (2): 608. 1939. 
  4. ^ "Mr W. L. Wilmshurst". The Law Journal. E.B. Ince. 88: 93. 1939. OCLC 2353788.