Ethel P F FRYER-FORTESCUE who was initiated into the Golden Dawn, probably in November 1901 according to R A Gilbertís best guess, which he had to make as the GD records donít give the date.†† Ethel took the Latin motto ĎSemper Fidelisí.†
You would think that it would be easy to identify someone with such an eye-catching surname; but it wasnít, and I donít know who this woman was.† I was not helped by the GD itself - by the time Ethel joined, whoever was keeping the GD records wasnít noting down initiateís addresses.† Itís always possible with GD members that they mostly live abroad, but I thought Iíd give the census a go in any case, seeing there couldnít be that many people with a surname like that - but I couldnít see anyone that I thought was likely to be the GD member.††† Looking on Google Books didnít help either: I found no one called Fryer-Fortescue but several people called Fortescue Fryer.† I went back to the census, this time trying both surnames separately and together but in the other order.† And of course by 1901 she could have married.† I didnít find anything, so Ethel is going to have to remain a blank.
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 Dawnís administrative records and its Membersí 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 itís now in the Freemasonsí Library at the United Grand Lodge of England building on Great Queen Street Covent Garden.†
Family history: freebmd; ancestry.co.uk (census and probate); findmypast.co.uk; familysearch; Burkeís Peerage and Baronetage; Burkeís Landed Gentry; Armorial Families; thepeerage.com; and a variety of one-family genealogy websites.
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; Freemasonsí Library.
Wikipedia; Google; Google Books - my three best resources.† I also used other web pages, but with some caution, as - from the historianís point of view - they vary in quality a great deal.
Copyright SALLY DAVIS
23 April 2012