Edward Esdaile 1815 – 1867

Edward Esdaile ?1815 – 1867 was a British Banker who was on the Management Committee (George Atkin, (ed.) The British and Foreign Homeopathic Medical Directory and Record. (Groombridge & Sons, 1853). Page 37) of the London Homeopathic Hospital, and a Steward (Anon, The American Journal of Homoeopathy, Volumes 5-6, (C. G. Dean, 1851). Page 116) at the Anniversary Festival of the London Homeopathic Hospital held in 1851,

In 1858, Edward Esdaile was convicted of major banking fraud (unsecured loans to himself and friends and family (Anon, The Bankers’ Magazine, Volume 18, (BPC (Bankers’ Magazine) Ltd., 1858). Page 286) – a common banking practice at the time) and sentenced to a year in prison, Continue reading Edward Esdaile 1815 – 1867

George Cruickshank 1792–1878

George Cruikshank 1792 – 1878 was a British caricaturist and book illustrator, and he was a Member of the Management Committee (Anon, Homeopathic Medical Directory of Great Britain and Ireland, (Henry Turner and C0 77 Fleet Street and 74 New Bond Street, and Manchester, 1868). Page 98) of the Bath Homeopathic Dispensary,

Cruickshank was a friend of Charles Dickens, and he worked as Charles Dickens‘s illustrator, and he acted in Charles Dickens‘ amateur theatrical company. Continue reading George Cruickshank 1792–1878

Rev. Edward Vesey Bligh 1829 – 1908

Rev. Edward Vesey Bligh 1829 – 1908 was with the British Diplomatic Service. He was the Vicar at Birling in Kent, and he held the office of Justice of the Peace, and the office of Deputy Lieutenant,

Rev. E V Bligh was the President of the Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Dispensary,

Rev. E V Bligh was the cousin of John Vesey Parnell 2nd Baron Congleton (who was the son in law of Edward Cronin, a pioneer of homeopathy in England), Continue reading Rev. Edward Vesey Bligh 1829 – 1908

Henry Peter Brougham 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux 1778 – 1868

Henry Peter Brougham 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux 1778 – 1868 was a British statesman who became Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom.

Brougham was an advocate of homeopathy, and in 1860, he offered to fund clinical trials into homeopathy at University College Hospital (Anon, The Lancet London: a journal of British and foreign medicine, surgery, obstetrics, physiology, chemistry, pharmacology, public health and news, Volume 1, (Elsevier, 1860). Page 611) (Brougham was one of the founders of London University), which was turned down out of hand by an allopathic establishment.

Brougham was also interested in spiritualism, and he was a passionate, lifelong anti slavery campaigner, and he was a founder of the The National Association for the Promotion of Social Science (known as the Social Science Association), alongside Rev. William Gover, Founder of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, alongside Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville,

Brougham’s portrait was painted by Samuel Lover, and he was a friend of Augustus de Morgan,

Continue reading Henry Peter Brougham 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux 1778 – 1868

Henry Edmund Gurney 1821 – 1905

Henry Edmund Gurney 1821 – 1905 was a British banker in the bank Overend, Gurney and Company, which went spectacularly bankrupt in 1866, the only other comparable bank run was the recent Northern Rock debacle in 2008,

Henry Edmund Gurney and his wife were advocates of homeopathy,

Henry Edmund Gurney offered to fund clinical trials into homeopathy at St. George’s Hospital, which was turned down out of hand (Anon, The Lancet, Rapport du Comité consultatif: Report of the Advisory committee, International Financial Conference, League of Nations, (Imprimé pour la Société des nations, Harrison & sons, 1860). Page 611) by an allopathic establishment.

The Gurney family included Harriet Alicia Gurney (1825-1843), the first wife of William Francis Cowper Temple 1st Baron Mount Temple (1811-1888), who was a niece of Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845).

Continue reading Henry Edmund Gurney 1821 – 1905

James Lindsay 7th Earl of Balcarres and 24th Earl of Crawford 1783 – 1869

James Lindsay 7th Earl of Balcarres 1783 – 1869, declared 24th Earl of Crawford in 1848,

Coutts Lindsay 2nd Baronet Trotter of Westville was cured by Samuel Hahnemann when he was taken ill at school in Versailles, and subsequently Antoine Henri Petroz became the family physician to the entire Lindsay family.

It has been written that James Lindsay was interested in astronomy and that he was a member of the Theosophical Society, though this cannot be correct as he died in 1869 and the Theosophical Society was founded in 1875.

However, Rosicrucian literature had been in the family library since the time of Alexander Lindsay 1st Earl of Balcarres, the family have long held Masonic connections and Rosicrucian connections dating back to David Lindsay 1st Lord Balcarres,

Edzell Castle is considered to have links to esoteric traditions, including Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry. Continue reading James Lindsay 7th Earl of Balcarres and 24th Earl of Crawford 1783 – 1869

Hugh Lupus Grosvenor 1st Duke of Westminster 1825 – 1899

Hugh Lupus Grosvenor 1st Duke of Westminster KG, PC, JP 1825 – 1899, styled Viscount Belgrave between 1831 and 1845 and Earl Grosvenor between 1845 and 1869 and known as The Marquess of Westminster between 1869 and 1874, and The Duke of Westminster from 1874, was a British politician and race horse owner.

Hugh Lupus Grosvenor was the son of Richard Grosvenor Earl Grosvenor 2nd Marquess of Westminster, the nephew of Thomas Egerton 2nd Earl of Wilton, and the nephew of Robert Grosvenor 1st Baron Ebury (who was one of the founders of the British Homeopathic Association), and the nephew of Francis Egerton 1st Earl of Ellesmere, all staunch advocates of homeopathy,

Hugh Lupus Grosvenor was also a staunch advocate of homeopathy, he hosted British homeopaths in Grosvenor House for fundraising events (see Homeopathic Convalescent Home in Eastbourne See also http://www.homeoint.org/morrell/londonhh/eastbour.htm The History of the Convalescent Home at Eastbourne by Peter Morrell and Sylvain Cazalet), and was an early Sponsor of the enlargement of the London Homeopathic Hospital, eventually completed by Henry Whatley Tyler, he became a Vice President of the London Homeopathic Hospital in 1878, and in 1894, he gave orders to his agents that none of his properties in the West End of London should be leased to allopathic physicians, for fear they will drive away his fashionable tenants (See Robert Newton Tooker, James Eldridge Gross, Charles Gatchell (Eds.), Medical era, Volume 8, (Era Pub. Co., 1890). Page 348. See also Anon, The British Homeopathic Review, Volume 34, (1890). Multiple pages. See also Anon, Maryland medical journal: medicine and surgery, Volume 31, Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland, (The Medical Journal Company., 1894). Page 394).

Hugh Lupus Grosvenor was also active in the campaign to stop the trafficking of young girls, and he funded the provision of nurses for the poor, Continue reading Hugh Lupus Grosvenor 1st Duke of Westminster 1825 – 1899