Brodie-Innes, J(ohn) W(illiam) (1848-1923)

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Brodie-Innes, J(ohn) W(illiam) (1848-1923)

An Edinburgh lawyer, born in Morayshire, Scotland, who became one of the leading members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn 's Amen-Ra Temple in Scotland. Brodie-Innes was also a member of a bibliophile society, the Sette of Odde Volumes, London, and was its president in 1911. He wrote several novels on witchcraft and magic and is said to have taught Dion Fortune (Violet Mary Firth) the secret of developing and directing occult force. He was the model for the "soul-doctor" in Fortune's book The Secrets of Dr. Tavener (1926).

Throughout the dissensions of the Golden Dawn, Brodie-Innes remained loyal to MacGregor Mathers, and on the death of his chief in 1918, published an affectionate obituary in the Occult Review (vol. 29, no. 5 [May 1919]).


Brodie-Innes, J.W. Scottish Witchcraft Trials. London: Chis-wick Press, 1891.

Fortune, Dion. The Secrets of Dr. Tavener. London: Noel Douglas, 1926.

Gilbert, R. A., ed. The Sorcerer and His Apprentice: Unknown Hermetic Writings of S. L. MacGregor Mathers and J. W. Brodie-Innes. Wellingborough, England: Aquarian Press, 1983.

Richardson, Alan. Priestess: The Life and Magic of Dion Fortune. Wellingborough, England: Aquarian Press, 1987.

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