Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie

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Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie, Esq. IX* AKA Kenneth Robert Henderson Mackenzie AKA Cryptonymus

England 1833 – 1886


Comments; August 1887, the Cipher Manuscripts were bought from Mackenzie’s wife by Rev. A.F.A. Woodford, for William Wynn Westcott. Written in German, then encoded with Johannes Trithemius's cypher, they described a series of initiations and degrees which may have come from the Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross in Germany through Johann Friedrich Falk a member at the Kabbalistic College of London with close ties to the SRIA. Records from that Order were in the London Masonic Hall, but dealt more with Alchemy than Qabalah. It may have provided a contact for Magical Order's sister Masonic side, the Order of the Asiatic Brethren. However, some of the actual teachings seem more reminiscent of the French line of Rosicrucians, like Fraternitas Rosae Crucis (FRC) AKA Fiat Lucis, the Society of Light, Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor ; The manuscript look like Mackenzie's handwriting, and became the foundation of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn ;Freemason; Qabalist; Rosicrucian; Cryptographer;Alchemy; hieroglyphs; Creator and adapter of Masonic Rites;

Teachers: Frederick Hockley; Johann Friedrich Falk, a German member of the Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross (Orden des Gold- und Rosenkreutzin) living in Britain and member of the Kabbalistic College of London; W.B. Carl August Ragotzsky; Eliphas Levi (visited 1861); Alliette AKA Etteilla, French card expert; Papus; Hargrave Jennings; Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton; Hans Heinrich von Ecker und von Eckihoffem; Baron Thomas von Schoenfeld; Hermann Fictuld; Brother Jean-Marie Ragon de Bettignies of the Lodge "Trinosophes", author of "Occult Masonry"; Emanuel Swedenborg; Herodotus; Homer; Demosthenes ; Eubulides; Diogenes ; Plato; Friedrich Wagner; J. W. Wolf, folklorist; Hans Christian Andersen; The Brothers Grimm;


Students: William Wynn Westcott; Dr. William Robert Woodman, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers; Rev. George Oliver; Albert Pike; F.G. Irwin; Rev William Alexander Ayton; Chuck Furnace;

Friends: P. B. Randolph, 1854; Robert Wentworth Little; John Yarker; Dr Benjamin Cox; Br. John Hogg; John Hervey, Grand Secretary of United Grand Lodge of England; Alexandrina Aydon aka Alexandrina Mackenzie aka "Cryptonyma", wife, 1872;

Enemies: Cornelius Agrippa; Johannes Trithemius; Joseph Cerneau;

Organizations: Fraternitas Rosae Crucis; Order of Light, 1882; Society of Light; Fiat Lucis; maybe Fratres Lucis AKA Brothers of the Light: (all French sources of some Golden Dawn teachings); Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor; Freemason; SRIA Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia aka Rosicrucian Society in England; Swedenborgian Rite aka Swedenborg Rite of Freemasonry; (The Alchemy oriented) Society of Eight, 1883; Society of Antiquaries of London; Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain;


Author: biography of Homer; translation of a text by Herodotus; Burma and the Burmese; Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia aka The Royal Masonic Cyclopedia of History, Rites, Symbolism, and Biography, 1875 or 1877; Master Tyll Owlglass: His Marvellous Adventures and Rare Conceits AKA a translation of the medieval prankster story "Till Eulenspiegel" ; translated "Discoveries in Egypt, Ethiopia, and the peninsula of Sinai, in the years 1842-45, during the mission sent out by His majesty Fredrick William IV of Prussia", 1852 ; The Life of Bismarck, private and political with descriptive notices of his ancestry, Translated and edited with an introductory explanatory notes and appendices, 1870 ; The (Masonic) Secretary's and Treasurer's Work - A Handbook of Practical Directions for the Efficient Conduct of their work in Craft Masonry; Fundamental Constitutions of the Primitive and Original Rite of Freemasonry, Or, Swedenborgian Rite for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1877; published 4 issues of The Biological Review: A Monthly Repertory of the Science of Life, 1859; "Zythogala; or, Borne by the Sea: An International Romance of the Nineteenth Century , 1872, unfinished (Zythogala was apparently a mixture of milk and beer); edited and wrote articles for the Masonic periodical Kneph, 1881; a biographical sketch of Hans Christian Andersen, who he translated from Dutch;

Quotes: "Triangle - An important symbol in Masonry. 1. The equilateral triangle was adopted by all ancient nations as a symbol of Deity, and was regarded as the most perfect of figures. It constantly recurred in Craft Masonry as well as in the Royal Arch. 2. The right angled triangle was also regarded as an important figure. Among the Egyptians the base represented Osiris, or the male principle; the perpendicular, Isis, or the female principle; and the hypotenuse, Horus, their son.;



Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_R._H._Mackenzie; THE MAGICIANS OF THE GOLDEN DAWN by Ellic Howe; http://www.amazon.com/Royal-Masonic-Cyclopaedia-Part-v/dp/0766126102; http://www.librarything.com/author/mackenziekennethrh; http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-marvelous-adventures-and-rare-conceits-of-master-tyll-owlglass-kenneth-r-h-mackenzie/1022321383?ean=9780548316405&itm=1&usri=9780548316405 ; http://www.beyondweird.com/occult/fringe.html ;