William Comyns Beaumont

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William Comyns Beaumont, also known as Comyns Beaumont, (1873–1956)[1] was a British journalist, author, and lecturer. Beaumont was a staff writer for the Daily Mail[1] and eventually became editor of the Bystander in 1903[2][3] and then The Graphic in 1932.[4]

Beaumont was an eccentric with 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."[5]


In Facts and Fallacies (1988) published by Reader's Digest, Beaumont's views are summarized:

"In a series of book published between 1946 and 1949, British journalist William Comyns Beaumont astonished the world with the following extraordinary revelations: Jesus of Nazareth had been crucified just outside Edinburgh, Scotland — the site of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Satan was a comet that collided with the earth and caused Noah's Flood. The ancient Egyptians were in fact Irishmen. Hell is to be found in western Scotland. The Greek hero Achilles spent his childhood on the Isle of Skye. Galilee, birthplace of Jesus, was Wales. Ancient Athens was in reality Bath, England... Comyns Beaumont started his radical revision of history with the belief, innocuous enough, that the lost island of Atlantis might be Britain."

Beaumont was also a proponent of the Shakespeare authorship question, arguing Shakespeare's plays were written by Francis Bacon.

He accepted the existence of giants based on British folklore, and argued other mythological creatures were actually real.[6]


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.

Previous printings:

  • 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 [7]
  • 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)[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • "Eccentric Lives and Peculiar Notions", John Michell, (1984), Thames & Hudson.


  1. ^ a b c Cambridge Conference Correspondence: WILLIAM COMYNS BEAUMONT (1873 - 1956) BRITAIN'S MOST ECCENTRIC AND LEAST KNOWN COSMIC HERETIC, Benny J Peiser, October 17, 1997
  2. ^ Churchill College Archives: The Churchill Papers: May 1930 - Jan 1931 correspondence
  3. ^ Galactic Central Publications: Magazine Issues
  4. ^ Time Magazine: Eight Less One, August 15, 1932
  5. ^ The Atlantis Encyclopedia, Frank Joseph, New Page Books, 2005, p.27, ISBN 1-56414-795-9
  6. ^ Karl Shaw, Curing Hiccups with Small Fires: A Delightful Miscellany of Great British Eccentrics
  7. ^ 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

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