William Stirling

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Sir William Stirling AKA Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, 9th Baronet, of Pollok

Scotland / England 1818 - 1878


Teachers: WB Albert Mackey; Br. Thomas D. Worrel ; WB Albert Pike; Daniel Baxter Langley, vicar of Olney in Buckinghamshire; Sir Walter Scott; Andreas Vesalius, author of “De Humani Corporis Fabrica” (“On the Fabric of the Human Body”), 1543; Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers; Rabbi Menasseh ben Israel; Shimon bar Yochai aka The Yoshi; Clement of Alexandria; Saint Irenaeus; Menassel ben Israel; Cornelius Agrippa; Francis Potter; Cicero; Plato; Socrates; Pythagoras; Simon Magus; Theophilus Gale; Hesiod; Scipio Africanus the Elder; Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius aka Macrobius; Porphyry; Origen; Aulus Cornelius Celsus ; Sir John Maundeville; Cesare di Lorenzo Cesariano (1475 - 1543); Marcus the Gnostic; Menasseh Ben Israel; Rabbi Isaac Abarbanel aka Rabeinu Don Yitzchak Abarbanel; Cornelius Agrippa; Rabbi Eleazar Ben Judah; Paul Isaac Hershon; Bishop John Wilkins; St. Cyril of Jerusalem; Homer; Eliphas Levi; Tertullium; Rev. H. N. Hutchinson, paleontologist; Giovanni Mansueti; Father Athanasius Kircher; Jacopo Brocardo aka Jacobus Brocardus Pedemontanus; James Sanford; Manilius; Saint Irenaeus; Sir Francis Bacon; George Rawlinson; Henry More; Metrodorus of Lampsacus ; Dante Alighieri; Horapollo aka Horus Apollo aka Ὡραπόλλων ; Philostratus the Sophist; Pausanias; Strabo; Eratosthene; Francis Roberts; Titus Flavius Josephus; Robert Fludd; Theodore de Bry; Papus; Ciaconius; Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers; Joseph Strutt; Sir William Drummond; Giovanni Boccaccio; Gerald Massey; Tatian; Apuleius; Hippolytus; St. Augustine of Hippo; Arion of Methymna; Rev. Martin Luther; Diogenes Laërtius aka Diogenes the Cynic ;



Students: Aleister Crowley; Manly P. Hall; WB Justin D****; Chuck Furnace; Paul Foster Case; John Michell; Cris Van Heertum; W. A. Marsdan; H. W. Davis; son Sir John Stirling Maxwell (1866-1956);


Friends: Lord Dufferin ; Francis J. Williamson, sculptor; Sir G. W. Cox; JSM Ward AKA John Sebastian Marlowe Ward AKA J. M. S. Ward;


Organizations: Member of Parliament for Perthshire, 1852 - 1858 and 1874 - 1878; Rector of the University of St Andrews in 1862; Rector of the University of Edinburgh in 1872; one of the original 35 members of the Philobiblon Society in 1854; Atheaeum Club (1849); British Museum trustee;


Author: The Canon, an exposition of the Pagan Mysteries perpetuated in the Cabala as a rule of the Art, (1897); articles in Fraser's Magazine and the Examiner; Annals of the Artists of Spain, (1848); The Cloister Life of the Emperor Charles V, (1852); ‘Don John of Austria, or Passages from the History of the Sixteenth Century, 1547–1578, 1883, 2 vols; ‘Songs of the Holy Land’ , 1846; ‘A Posie of Poesies,, 1839; ‘An Essay towards a Collection of Books relating to the Art of Design, being a Catalogue of those at Keir, 1850; translated ‘Andreæ Vesalii Tabulæ Anatomicæ Sex,’ originally printed at Venice in 1538, reprinted in London, as a giant folio, 1874 ;

Comments: Qabalist; Rosicrucian; Freemason; Gnostic; Occultist; collector of rare manuscripts; published his Magnum Opus anonymously, only notes on the original British Museum library copy allowed it to be traced to the Baronet; art collector; bred Clydesdale horses and sheep; thought TAROT came from TORA (or Thora as he spells The Law in Hebrew, the Old Testament); so the word Berashith (In The Beginning) = itsr bthvrh (He formed the Law); plays with Greek and Hebrew Qabalah for Christian gnosis;

Resources: http://www.masoncode.com/Masonry%20and%20Cabala.htm; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00138380701566177?journalCode=nest20#.UdR4LJHLHIU; http://www.lashtal.com/wiki/William_Sterling; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_William_Stirling-Maxwell,_9th_Baronet ; http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/specialcollections/collectionsa-z/stirlingmaxwellcollection/; http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/cca/research/instituteofarthistory/projectsandnetworks/stirlingmaxwellresearchproject/ ; http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Stirling-Maxwell,_William_%28DNB00%29 ; https://archive.org/stream/cu31924028956262#page/n415/mode/2up