LAW.First names unreadable (I have tried to read them) on the Golden Dawn membersí roll.Whoever they were - itís not even clear whether itís a man or a woman - they were initiated into the Golden Dawn in March 1899 and took the Latin motto ĎMagnum bonumí.



It keeps niggling away at me that thereís nothing I can do, really, to identify this person.But thereís no doing even the basic searches with so little information.I shall have to rely on a lucky chance - spotting a name while reading about someone quite different.It has happened in this search for the Golden Dawn, though not often.





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; (census and probate);; familysearch; Burkeís Peerage and Baronetage; Burkeís Landed Gentry; Armorial Families;; 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.





23 April 2012