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Gerald Brosseau Gardner  (1884-1964)

Written and compiled by George Knowles

Gerald B. Gardner is perhaps one of the best known and talked about figures in modern witchcraft to date.  An English hereditary Witch (allegedly), he was the founder of the Gardnerian tradition of contemporary Witchcraft.  Some consider him a man of great vision and creativity, one who had the courage to try outrageous things during difficult times.  Others look on him as a con man, deceitful and manipulative.  He authored the now famous books "Witchcraft Today" and "The Meaning of Witchcraft", both he wrote in the 1950’s.  These two classic books inspired the growth and development of many traditions of modern Witchcraft throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

Gerald B. Gardner was born on the 13th June 1884 in a small northern town called Blundellsands, near Liverpool, England.  Born of Scottish descent into a well-to-do family, his father was a merchant and Justice of the Peace.  His grandfather is reputed to have married a witch, and he claims others of his distant family had psychic gifts.  Gardner believed himself to be a descendant of Grissell Gairdner, who was burned as a witch at Newburgh in 1610.  Of his ancestors, several became Mayor’s of Liverpool, and one Alan Gardner, a naval Commander was later made a Peer of the Land having distinguished himself as Commander in Chief of the Channel Fleet and helped to deter the invasion of Napoleon in 1807.

    

Mother and Father

Gardner was the middle of three sons, but was kept distanced from his two brothers as he suffered severely with bouts of asthma.  As a result of this, his parents employed a nanny called Josephine “Com” McCombie to care for him separately.  To help alleviate his condition, Com persuaded his parents to allow her to take him travelling during the winter months.  During their travels across Europe, Gardner was often left alone, but was content to read and study academic subjects, his main interests being Archaeology, Anthropology and Folklore.  Later as a young man, Com married and went to live with her husband in Ceylon.  Gardner went with her and started work first on a tea plantation and later managing a family rubber plantation his father had invested in.  He then moved on to Borneo before finally settling in Malaysia. 

While in Malaysia, given his interest in anthropology and folklore, Gardner became fascinated with the local culture and its religious and magical beliefs.  He also had a keen interest in all things occult, and was particularly drawn to ritual knives and daggers, especially the Malay Kris (a dagger with a wavy blade).  He made a name for himself in academic circles with his pioneering research into Malaya’s early civilizations.  He also wrote and had some of his writings published in the journal of the Malayan branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.  Later he wrote the first authoritative book on the history and folklore of the Malay Kris entitled: "Kris and other Malay Weapons" (Singapore 1936). 

From 1923 until he retired in 1936, Gardner worked as a civil servant for the British Government, first as a rubber plantation inspector, then as a Customs official and inspector of opium establishments.  In 1927 while on a trip back to England he met and married his future wife, an English woman called Dorothea Frances Rosedale (Donna).  After a very short engagement they were married on the 16th August 1927 at St. Jude's Church in Kensington, before eventually returning to Malaysia to live-out their working lives together.  Overtime Gardner was able to make a comfortable living from his dealings within the rubber and opium trades, which in turn allowed him to indulge in his favourite pastimes History and Archaeology.  On one expedition during his travels, he claimed to have found the site of the ancient city of Singapura.

Gardner and his new wife aboard his Customs launch on the "Johore River" in Malaya

After his retirement in 1936, Gardner and his wife returned to England and initially resided in central London, before settling for a time in 1938 in a more permanent home in Highcliffe (a house called Southridge), located in the New Forrest area of Hampshire.  During this time he continued to indulge his main interests and spent much of his time travelling around Europe and Asia Minor.  In Cyprus he found places he claims to have dreamed about, and was convinced he had lived there in a previous lifetime.  In 1939 he wrote and published his second book:  "A Goddess Arrives".  It was based in Cyprus and concerned the worship of a Goddess called Aphrodite in the year 1450 B.C. 

By this time the Second World War was looming, and Gardner anxious to do his piece for King and Country turned his thoughts to Civil Defence.  He wrote a letter publish in the Daily Telegraph stating that:  As decreed in the Magna Carta, every free-born Englishman is entitled to bear arms in the defence of himself and his household”.  He further suggested that the civilian population should be armed and trained in the event of invasion.  The German press picked up the article and front-page headlines appeared in the Frankfurter Zeitung, they where furious, and raged against the man who had made such a “medieval” suggestion.  Shortly thereafter the famous Home Guard came into being, known first as the Local Defence Volunteers.  We shall probably never know if the “Magna Carta letter” was the impetus that instigated it?

Having settled in the New Forrest area of Hampshire, one of the oldest forests in England, Gardner began to explore its history.  He soon found that local folklore was steeped in Witchcraft, and his curiosity ignited, began to seek out involvement.  Through neighbours he became acquainted with a local group of occultist Co-Masons, a fraternity that called themselves "The Fellowship of Crotona".  It was established by Mrs. Besant-Scott, daughter of Annie Besant, the famous Theosophist and founder of the women’s Co-Masonry movement in England (Co-Masonry was affiliated to the Grand Orient of France and therefore not recognized by the Masonic Grand Lodge of England).  They had built a small community theatre called "The First Rosicrucian Theatre in England", and it was here Gardner joined them and helped them produce amateur plays with occult and spiritual themes. 

Within the Fellowship another but secret group operated, a member of which spoke to Gardner and claimed to have net him in a previous life, he then went on to describe the places Gardner had found in Cyprus.  Soon after they took Gardner into their confidence claiming to be a group of hereditary Witches practicing a Craft passed down to them through the centuries.  The group met in the New Forest where he was introduced to Mrs. Dorothy Clutterbuck.  Old Dorothy as she was affectionately known accepted Gardner for initiation and in September 1939 at her home “a big house in the neighbourhood”, he was initiated into the Old Religion.

Old Dorothy Clutterbuck

Old Dorothy’s coven was believed to have been the last remains of a coven directly descendant from one of the Nine Coven’s founded by Old George Pickingill some forty years earlier.  In the following year 1940, Gardner claimed to have helped with and took part in the now famous “Coven Rite” aimed at and against the Nazi High Command and the threatened invasion of Hitler’s forces.  This we now know was not true.  That ritual had been orchestrated by Cecil Williamson, founder of the Witchcraft Research Centre.  It had taken place in Ashdown Forest, Crowbourgh in Sussex, and employed the services of the infamous Aleister Crowley and his son Amado.  It’s possible though and more probable that Gardner and his coven performed some sort of ritual of their own making?

          

Old George Pickingill  -  Cecil Hugh Williamson  -  Aleister Crowley

Just before the outbreak of war, Gardner met with Arnold Crowther, a professional Stage Magician and Ventriloquist, and formed a friendship that would last for many years.  It was after the war in 1946, that Gardner first met Cecil Williamson.  They met at the famous Atlantis Bookshop in London, where Gardner was giving an informal talk.  Gardner had been eager to meet Williamson in order to extend his network of occult contacts.  While they met frequently thereafter, their relationship was strained and would later end on bad terms.  Williamson described Gardner as a “Vain, self-centred man, tight with his money, and more interested in outlets for his nudist and voyeuristic activities, than in learning anything about authentic witchcraft”. 

Arnold Crowther

In 1947, his friend Arnold Crowther introduced Gardner to Aleister Crowley.  Their brief association would later lead to controversy over the authenticity of Gardner’s original “Book of Shadows”.  Crowley had allegedly been a member of one of Old George Pickingill’s original Nine Covens in the New Forest, and Gardner was especially interested in the rituals they used.  He asked Crowley to write down what he could remember and later incorporated some his writings together other magical materials into his own Book of Shadows.  Crowley by this time was in poor health and only months away from death.  Perhaps seeing a kindred spirit, he made Gardner an honorary member of the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), a Tantric sex magic organisation at one time under his leadership and granted him a charter to operate his own Lodge. 

In the mean time, Gardner had moved from the New Forrest to Bricketts Wood outside St Albans.  There he had bought a cottage on the grounds of a nudist club, from where he ran his own coven.  Not having a car or able to drive, Gardner prevailed on Cecil Williamson to drive him down to Crowley’s lodgings in Hastings for consultations.  Williamson later claimed to have participated as an observer in some of Gardner’s “Lodge” activities.  The alter he said was made up of an old “Anderson” air raid table with a metal top and was used to perform the Great Rite (A rite involving sexual intercourse).  The Lodge he say’s, had far more men than women with about 80 to 20 percent splitting the difference, this because many of the women who joined his lodge didn't favour the sexual rites.  At one point Gardner had to resort to hiring a London prostitute to play-act the role of High Priestess and engage in the sex act? 

Over time Gardner accumulated a vast amount of knowledge on Folklore, Witchcraft, and Magic, and had collected many artefacts and materials associated with ritual procedures and ceremonial magic.  Much as he wanted to write about and pass on this knowledge, he was prevented from being too public.  Witchcraft was still against the law in England and he was cautioned by Old Dorothy to remain secretive.  Later she allowed him to write in the form of fiction.  The result was an occult novel called "High Magic’s Aid".  The book was published in 1949 by Michael Houghton (also known as Michael Juste) the proprietor of the famous Atlantis Bookshop in London and contained Gardner's basic ideas for what was later to become “Gardnerian Wicca”.

In 1951 there was a resurgence of belief and new interest shown in the Old Religion brought on by the repeal of the last antiquated Witchcraft Laws still being enforced in England.  Gardner was now free to go public and breaking away from the New Forest coven began to establish his own.  This change in the law also made it possible for Cecil Williamson to open the famous "Museum of Magic and Witchcraft" (formerly called the Folklore Centre) in Castletown on the Isle of Man.  Later that year after a dispute with his trust fund, Gardner turned up on Williamson’s doorstep in financial trouble.  Williamson took him on as the museum's director and soon he became known as the “Resident Witch”.

Gardner in front of an exhibit showing in the  "Museum of Magic and Witchcraft"

Through his association with the museum, Gardner became acquainted with everyone there was to know in Occult circles at that time.  His reputation as a leading authority on Witchcraft began to spread.  A year later in 1952, with his financial problems resolved, Gardner bought the museum buildings together with its display cases from Williamson.  However, Gardner’s collection of artefacts and materials were not as extensive as Williamson’s and he found he hadn’t enough objects to fill all the cases, he therefore asked Williamson for the loan of his talismans and amulets.  Weary, if not openly disliking Gardner, Williamson reluctantly agreed but took the precaution of making plaster casts and imprints of each item before allowing Gardner to re-opened the museum and show them.

The Witches Mill home of the museum in Castletown

In 1953 Gardner met Doreen Valiente and initiated her into his coven.  Doreen proved to be his greatest asset, it was she who helped him rewrite and expand his existing “Book of Shadows”.  Together they rewrote and embellished the numerous texts and rituals he had collected, many of which he claimed had been passed down to him from the New Forrest Coven.  Doreen also weeded out much of Aleister Crowley’s material on account of his notoriety and put more emphasis onto Goddess worship.  So it was between them, that Doreen and Gardner established a new working practice that evolved into what is today one of the leading traditions of the Wicca movement, Gardnerian Wicca. 

Doreen Valiente

In 1954 Gardner wrote and published his first non-fiction book on witchcraft entitled "Witchcraft Today".  In this he supported the theories of anthropologist Margaret A. Murray who purported that Witchcraft was a surviving remnant of an old organized Pagan Religion, one that had existed before the Witch-hunts.  Murray also wrote the introduction to the book, which on its release was an immediate success.  As a result and because of it, new covens sprang up all over England and the Gardnerian tradition of modern Witchcraft was born.

Margaret A. Murray

Soon after its release, Gardner became a media celebrity and began courting their attention.  He loved to be in the spotlight and made numerous public appearances being dubbed by the popular press as “Britain’s Chief Witch”.  However not all the publicity was beneficial, he was a keen naturist and his penchant for ritual nudity was incorporated into the new tradition.  This caused conflict with other hereditary Witches who claimed that they had always worked robed.  Many also believed he was wrong to make so much information public, information which to them had always been considered secret.  They also believed that so much publicity would eventually harm the Craft. 

Gardner became difficult to work with, his egotism and publicity seeking tried the patience of his coven members, even that of Doreen Valiente, by now his High Priestess, causing rifts to develop in his coven.  He also insisted on using what he claimed were “ancient” Craft laws that gave dominance to the God over the Goddess.  A final revolt happened when he declared that the High Priestess should retire when he considered her to old.  In 1957, Doreen Valiente and other members having had enough of the “gospel according to Gardner” left and went their separate ways.  Undaunted, Gardner continued on and wrote his last book "The Meaning of Witchcraft" (1959).

In May 1960, Gardner was invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace, this in recognition of his distinguished Civil Service work in the Far East.  A few weeks later on the 6th June, he initiated Patricia Dawson into his coven, and she in turn initiated his old friend Arnold Crowther.  On the 8th November, Patricia and Arnold were married in a private handfasting officiated by Gardner.  Sadly that same year his devoted wife Donna died, and while she had never taken part in the Craft or his activities within it, she had remained his loyal companion for 33 years.  Gardner was devastated and began to suffer once more his childhood affliction of asthma. 

    

Patricia Dawson  -  Patricia and Arnold Crowther with Gardner

In 1962, Gardner started to correspond with an Englishman in America called Raymond Buckland.  Buckland would later be responsible for introducing the Gardnerian tradition into the United States.  In 1963 Buckland and his wife Rosemary flew back to the UK to be initiated and raised in Perth, Scotland, at the home of Gardner’s then High Priestess, Monique Wilson (Lady Olwen).  Gardner joined them for the initiation ceremony, during which Buckland was given the craft name “Robat” and Rosemary named “Lady Rowen”.  Shortly after their meeting Gardner left to vacation the winter months in the Lebanon, from which while returning on the 12th February 1964, he suffered a fatal heart attack and died at the breakfast table onboard ship.  The following day he was buried ashore in Tunis, his funeral attended only by the Captain of the ship, "The Scottish Prince" on which he had been travelling.

Buckland and his wife Rosemary

In his will, Gardner bequeathed the Museum in Castletown to his High Priestess, Monique Wilson, together with all its artefacts; these included his personal ritual tools, notebooks and copyrights to his books.  Monique and her husband continued to run the museum and hold weekly Coven meetings in his old cottage, but only for a short time.  They later closed the museum and sold its contents to the “Ripley’s, Believe It Or Not” organization in America.  They in turn dispersed the many artefacts amongst their various museums, and some they sold on to private collections.  Many of Gardner’s supporters were dismayed, even angered by these events and Monique was forced from grace as High Priestess.  Other beneficiaries of Gardner’s estate were Patricia and Arnold Crowther (his old friends), and Jack L. Bracelin, author of his biography entitled:  Gerald Gardner: Witch (1960).

Postscript:

In 1968 Eleanor Ray Bone one of Gardner's later High Priestesses went on a pilgrimage to Tunis where she visited the grave of Gerald B. Gardner.  While there she learned from the Chaplin that the Tunisian Government would shortly be turning the cemetery into a public park.  He explained that if she wished to disinter his remains and move them to another location, that this could be arranged.  Through donations made by members of the Craft, Gardner’s remains were later laid to rest in a more fitting place close to the ancient city of Carthage, once a prominent religious centre where they worshiped the Moon goddess Tanit and the Sun god Baal, the equivalent of the Phoenician goddess Astarte.  Cults associated with the Greek goddesses Demeter and Persephone and the Roman goddess Juno were also worshiped there.

 

 

Eleanor Ray Bone

 

Sadly 40 years later after Gardner’s grave had been left untended, while undisturbed and unmarked, through time it had gradually settled and subsided unevenly into the ground and become overgrown with weeds and strewn with rubble.  However, in 2007 a meeting took place between Patricia Crowther and Larry Jones, a member of the Craft from Washington State, U.S.A.  Larry at the time was working in North Africa, and Patricia took the opportunity to charge Larry with finding his grave.  Taking a short break from his work to visit Tunis, he managed to track down the location of the grave and in the short time available to him, arranged for the ground to be cleared and the gravestone re-erected.  A new plaque was then added on top of the gravestone.

 

 

In 2007, a new plaque was added on top of Gardner’s grave that reads in the words of Patricia Crowther:

 

Gerald Brosseau Gardner

13th June 1884 - 12th February 1964

Author Archaeologist Artist

Father of Modern Wica

Beloved of the Great Goddess

 

Let those remembered never be forgotten, for we shall not see their like again.

End.

Sources

Witchcraft for Tomorrow  - by Doreen Valiente

Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft  - by Raven Grimassi

An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present  - By Doreen Valiente

  The Encyclopedia of Witches &Witchcraft  - by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Witchfather:  A Life of Gerald Gardner  -  By Philip Heselton

http://www.thewica.co.uk/Gerald%20Gardner.htm

 

First published on the 26th May 2001, last updated on the 11th February 2018 © George Knowles

 

 

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