Firebrace, Roy Charles (1889-1974)

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Firebrace, Roy Charles (1889-1974)

British researcher in psychical science, radionics, hypnostism, and astrology. Born August 16, 1889, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Firebrace served in the British army for almost four decades (1909-46) and retired with the rank of brigadier. Fire-brace took special interest in the study of mediumship and the evidence for survival of personality after death and also edited booklets on astrology. He was president of the Astrological Association, Britain, in 1958 and played a valuable part in the development of the College of Psychic Science (now College of Psychic Studies ).

During his period as a British military attache at Riga, Latvia, he took part in séances with a direct voice circle, at which he became convinced of the reality of survival of personality after death. He also attended séances with Helen Duncan (at which a materialized figure conversed with him in Russian), with Alec Harris (at which 18 materializations are said to have formed), and with voice medium Leslie Flint.

Firebrace practiced healing by radionics, the system originally developed by Albert Abrams involving diagnosis of blood spots by the use of a black box device. He was president of the College of Psychic Studies for 13 years, after supervising its change of name. He died November 10, 1974.


Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology. New York: Helix Press, 1964.