Alfred MONCK or possibly Monk, who was initiated into the Golden Dawn in September 1890 and chose the Latin motto ‘Vincit veritas’.  From the information given by R A Gilbert, Alfred doesn’t seem to have had much of the commitment necessary to get very far in the GD, and in 1892 he let them know that he was resigning.   When he was initiated his address was 35 Seckforde Street Clerkenwell London EC. 


Alfred appears in R A Gilbert’s The Golden Dawn Companion with his surname spelled two different ways.  On p145, in Gilbert’s list of members in order of initiation, it’s spelled with the ‘c’ in it.  However, when Mathers prepared a list of people who were no longer members, in 1894, he left the ‘c’ out.  I think MONCK is the correct spelling.  But I couldn’t find Alfred anywhere, spelled either way. 



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 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; 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.





23 April 2012