Mrs Emmeline Alice CLARK who was initiated into the Golden Dawn at the Horus Temple Bradford in September 1895.  She chose the Latin motto ‘Vade’ and was one of a group of members of Horus Temple who actually lived in Liverpool, not Bradford: 40 Claremont Road Smithdown Road.


I tried looking for Emmeline Clark on the censuses of 1891 and 1901, feeling quite hopeful of finding her because of her relatively uncommon forename.  But there was no one of that name living in Liverpool on either census.  Just in case the census official had spelled Emmeline’s surname wrongly, I checked under ClarkE but still couldn’t identify her. 


I can answer the question WHO DID SHE KNOW IN THE GOLDEN DAWN however, because I found Emmeline in the Members’ Register of the Theosophical Society (TS), which she joined in November 1894 giving them the same address as she subsequently gave the GD.   She paid her subscription to the TS in 1894 and 1895 but then seems to have let her membership lapse.  On her record at the TS was a note to indicate that she had sided against the eventual winners of a dispute within the TS in the aftermath of Blavatsky’s death.  And/or she had just moved away.  As a member, however briefly, of the TS in Liverpool she will have met these people who were members of both TS in Liverpool and GD in Bradford: the Nisbets, John Hill, William Ranstead and Isabel de Steiger.



BASIC SOURCES I USED for all Golden Dawn members.


Membership of the Golden Dawn: The Golden Dawn Companion by R A Gilbert.  Northampton: The Aquarian Press 1986.  Between pages 125 and 175, Gilbert lists the names, initiation dates and addresses of all those people who became members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn or its many daughter Orders between 1888 and 1914.  The list is based on the Golden Dawn’s administrative records and its Members’ Roll - the large piece of parchment on which all new members signed their name at their initiation.  All this information had been inherited by Gilbert but it’s now in the Freemasons’ Library at the United Grand Lodge of England building on Great Queen Street Covent Garden. 


Family history: freebmd; (census and probate);; familysearch; Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage; Burke’s Landed Gentry; Armorial Families;; and a wide variety of family trees on the web.


Famous-people sources: mostly about men, of course, but very useful even for the female members of GD.  Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.  Who Was Who. Times Digital Archive.


Catalogues: British Library; Freemasons’ Library.


Wikipedia; Google; Google Books - my three best resources.  I also used other web pages, but with some caution, as - from the historian’s point of view - they vary in quality a great deal.




27 April 2012