William Alexander Ayton

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Rev William Alexander Ayton AKA Frater Virtue Orta Occident Rarius (Those that rise by virtue rarely fall)

England 1816 – 1909

Comments: Alchemy; Freemason; Ceremonial Magick; Golden Dawn; Rosicrucian ; homeopathy; concerned about "the Black Brethren" who oppose the Great White Brotherhood ; officiated at the wedding of Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers & Moina Mathers aka Mina Bergson, 1890; Vegetarian, 1880s;

Teachers: influenced by Michael Maier; John Dee; Dr. Sigismond Bacstrom; Madame Blavatsky; Eliphas Levi; William Wynn Westcott; Captain F.G. Irwin; Frederick Hockley; Max Theon; A.E. Waite; Thomas Smith;

Students: Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers; W.B. Yeats; Frederick Leigh Gardner; Frederick Carter; Florence Farr; Moina Mathers aka Mina Bergson; Algernon Blackwood, with whom he and A.E. Waite formed the Holy Order of the Golden Dawn after the arrest of Theo and Swami Laura Horos; Dr. Hans Burch Gram ; Alexander Wilder aka Alick, author of New Platonism and Alchemy; Sylvia M. Ivens; Leonard Frank Pembroke; Julius Kohn; Dr. A. S. Raleigh aka Albert Sidney Raleigh, of the "The Hermetic Brotherhood of Atlantis" and "Hierophant of the Mysteries of Isis” , author of Scientifica Hermetica, An Introduction to the Science of Alchemy, 1916;

Friends: Mabel Collins; Gerald Yorke; Julius Kohn; Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton; Anne Hempson Ayton aka ‘Quam potero adjutabo’, wife, 1862; Catherine Harriet Moore, 1st wife, 1858; William Howley , Archbishop of Canterburry; Sir Digby Cayley of Brompton in Yorkshire ; John Lonsdale, Bishop of Lichfield; PW Bullock aka P.W. (Percy) Bullock aka Percy William Bullock; Henry John Lay ; Isabelle Lay; Miriam Gardner, medium, and wife of Frederick Leigh Gardner; Ellen Riches , daughter and later in life, caretaker;

Enemies: Theo and Swami Laura Horos;

Organizations: Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, SRIA; Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor; Society of Eight 1883; Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, 1888; Supporter of Arthur Edward Waite, followed him into the Holy Order of the Golden Dawn; then the Stella Matutina; Freemasonry, 1866; Master of the Cherwell Lodge # 599, 1878 ; Theosophical Society, 1889;

Author: The Trembling of the Veil; translated from Latin the life of John Dee written by Thomas Smith

Resources: The Alchemist of the Golden Dawn, The Letters of Revd. W. A. Ayton to F. L. Gardner and Others 1886-1905 (1985) edited Ellic Howe; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Alexander_Ayton ; http://sueyounghistories.com/archives/2009/01/16/william-alexander-ayton-1816-1909/; http://www.wrighrp.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/GD/AYTONSOCCULTLIFE.htm;