Phillimore, Mercy (d. 1975)

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Phillimore, Mercy (d. 1975)

Pioneer British journalist and organizer in the field of Spiritualism and psychical research. She became a member of the staff of the London Spiritualist Alliance (since 1955 known as the College of Psychic Studies ) in 1913, and she stayed with the organization for the next 39 years. She retired in 1952.

As secretary, she came in contact with such leading mediums as Eileen Garrett, as well as many well-known personalities in the British psychic scene, such as Arthur E. Waite, W. B. Yeats, Stanley De Brath, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Oliver Lodge, and Paul Brunton.

In 1928, Phillimore and the medium Clare Cantlon were arrested for vagrancy by two police officers who had come to the Alliance headquarters for a reading. Both were found guilty.

Phillimore contributed a number of articles to the British journal Light and gave many lectures. She was a tireless worker in the cause of Spiritualism and played a significant but unobtrusive part in the modern history of the movement. She was associated with Nandor Fodor in Britain, and after his death she wrote a tribute to him in the journal Light (Autumn, 1964).


Edmunds, Simeon. Spiritualism: a Critical Survey. London: Aquarian Press, 1966.

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