There have been many British Homeopathic Societies and Associations, and many British homeopathic journals in the past, ancestors to our present day organisations. The following is a work in progress, listing them all.
In 1847, Henry Charles FitzRoy Somerset 8th Duke of Beaufort (1824-1899) was the President of the British Homeopathic Association (John James Drysdale, John Rutherford Russell, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, The British Journal of Homeopathy, (Arthur Hall & Co, 25 Paternoster Row, London; William Headland, 16 Princess Street Hanover Square, London; Henry Turner, 26 Piccadilly, Manchester; John Walker, 97 Bold Street, Liverpool; Maclachlan and Stewart & Co, Edinburgh, 1847). Page 550),
The Annals and Transactions of the British Homeopathic Society and the London Homeopathic Hospital
Editors: Hugh Cameron, Richard Hughes, Frederick Hervey Foster Quin, John Rutherford Russell, Stephen Yeldham
The Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Practitioners and Students The Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners was founded in 1851, at 82 Gloucester Place, Portman Square London, to defend Alfred Crosby Pope, who was refused his medical diploma at Edinburgh on the basis that he had converted to homeopathy.
The Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners was also set up to counter the Brighton Resolutions put together by three hundred allopaths who maintained:
- That homeopathy is utterly opposed to science and common sense, that it should in no way be countenanced or practiced.
- That homeopaths have utilised the press to heap scorn upon allopaths.
- That allopaths will not consult together with homeopaths.
- That allopaths who consort with homeopaths, and those physicians who combine the two methods of treament should henceforth become anathema.
- That a committe be formed to set out these principles as laws.
- That this committe thanks Edinburgh for its stand against homeopathy, and to refuse diplomas to anathemised practitioners.
- That these resolutions be printed and sent out to all medical schools and widely to the press.
A meeting was held immediately after the Manchester Guardian published an attack on homeopathy on 20th September 1851, and on the number of Reverend gentlemen who had come out to support it, stating baldly that Parsons were always quick to embrace quackery and were famous as ‘quack fanciers’ and for their support of charlatans, and reporting on the formation of the Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners.
The article in the Manchester Guardian included a condensed history of the dispute at Edinburgh, beginning with the conversion to homeopathy of William Henderson, a Professor of General Pathology at the University of Edinburgh, who was tasked to condemn homeopathy, but ended up a staunch advocate, becoming very influential in homeopathy, and debating many times with his professional colleague James Young Simpson.
James Young Simpson in his Homoeopathy: its tenets and tendencies, openly accused Thomas Roupell Everest of preaching homeopathy from the pulpit, asking plaintifly if the Clergy would allow Unitarians, Mormons or Mohammedens to preach their beliefs so? James Young Simpson accused John Rutherford Russell of using the Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners to promote homeopathy ‘on the cheap’. William Henderson wrote Homeopathy Fairly Represented as a direct rebuttal of James Young Simpson’s attack on homeopathy.
This debate was taken up in America and in India.
The article in the Manchester Guardian continued, explaining that Robert Douglas Hale had been alerted to the prejudice against homeopathy in Edinburgh, and had transferred to St. Andrews to obtain his graduation diploma, resulting in demand that he return it, which he did not, though he was forced to leave the town.
The resultant furor that arose about Edinburgh’s refusal to grant a graduation diploma to Alfred Crosby Pope, stirred up by an article in The Lancet, lead immediately to the Brighton Resolutions.
The homeopathic practitioners in Manchester decided that enough was enough, and they proceeded to protest against a minority of allopaths deciding to issue ‘laws’ of practice and force them on the whole profession of medicine. A public meeting was held in Manchester, where William Armitage, Henry Dixon, Richard Durnford, William Philip Harrison, Walter R Johnson, George Stevenson Knowles, Alfred Crosby Pope, William W Scholefield, Charles Caulfield Tuckey, Arthur de Noe Walker and many others, decided that homeopathy required the protection of a Royal Charter or a Legal Enactment to protect it from their enemies, and they proposed that a Branch of the General Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners be immediately set in motion, noting that in London an Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners was already up and functioning.
The members of the London Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners included George Edward Allshorn, George Atkin, Francis Black, James Dore Blake, James Chapman, John Chapman, Paul Francois Curie, John James Drysdale, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, George Fearon, Edward Hamilton, William Hering, C B Kerr, William Kingdon, Joseph Laurie, Thomas Robinson Leadam, William MacDonald, Richard Robert Madden, John Edward Norton, John Ozanne, John Rutherford Russell, David Wilson and many others. The London Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners declared:
- That immediate steps to enlist members to the friends of Homeopathy be made.
- That a circular be issued to enlist support for homeopathy.
- That a committee be formed.
- That tracts and pamphlets be issued to inform the public of the practices of allopaths to defame homeopathy.
- That other measures be taken to protect homeopathy.
- That local committees be formed in every town where there is a homeopath.
- That Robert Ellis Dudgeon be appointed to the committe to oversee events.
- That a secretary be appointed.
Within weeks, branches of the Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners were set up in Bath, Brighton, Dublin, Edinburgh, Wickwar and reports of other branches’ formation came in daily to the British Journal of Homeopathy, and the following resolutions were inserted into the press.
The London Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners declared that (in direct response to the Brighton Resolutions):
- Homeopathy is thoroughly reconcilable with science and common sense, and that the thousands of medical men who have converted to homeopathy should give testament and precedent to its thorough investigation.
- That people hostile to homeopathy are totally ignorant of its principles and steadfastly refuse to study and investigate it or witness its practice, despite numerous invitations to do so.
- That despite the differences between homeopathy and allopathy, there is absolutely nothing to stop practitioners from either discipline consulting together.
- That the resolutions of people hostile to homeopathy represent a tiny minority, and as such their views are worthless.
In 1852, The Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners came out again to defend Patrick A Brady, who was refused his medical diploma on the grounds that he had converted to homeopathy. Patrick A Brady was also refused a position as Surgeon at Bradford Infirmary in 1852, alongside John Le Gay Brereton 1827 – 1886 (who eventually emigrated to Australia where he opened the first Turkish bath in Australia). In 1852, Patrick A Brady received his medical diploma.
By the end of 1852, the membership of the Association had mushroomed to well over 1000 names (the list omits the number of ladies who also subscribed to the Association, to keep the list manageable and in a form which could be published).
The supporters of the Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners now included William Henry Ashurst, and Richard Whately Archbishop of Dublin, just to pick two names from this list.
In 1853, The Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners issued regular updates on the progress of the Alfred Crosby Pope case, reporting on the Edinburgh and Aberdeen Schools of Medicine and their prejudicial treatment of homeopathic graduates from their establishments.
The result was a national outcry and international outrage, (many hundreds of physicians and surgeons – 26 being graduates of the University of Edinburgh – 191 clergymen – including Alfred’s father – 47 Magistrates and 67 military and naval officers all signed a petition against this outrage!).
Eventually, the efforts of the Association resulted in Alfred Crosby Pope being awarded a degree from the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1852. William Hamilton, Professor of Logic at the University of Edinburgh came out to support Alfred Crosby Pope, and eventually, he was awarded his degree.
Prince Albert came from a family tradition of homeopathy, and when he came to England to marry Queen Victoria, he renewed the Royal patronage of homeopathy. The debate was ended, and the London Homeopathic Hospital opened its doors in 1851 to great aclaim, against this stormy backdrop.
In 1855, James John Garth Wilkinson wrote to Benjamin Hall to argue the case for provision of homeopathy into local hospitals, intimating that Francis William Brady MP would argue the case for homeopathy (in fact James John Garth Wilkinson calls Francis William Brady MP the ‘Luther of Homeopathy in the House of Commons‘).
In 1867, Francis William Brady MP and Thomas Emerson Headlam MP, managed to influence the Medical Registration Bill, and in that same year:
In 1867, Frederick Hervey Foster Quin was able to obtain an amendment to the Medical Registration Bill; a clause was added enabling the Privy Council to withdraw the right to award degrees from any university that tried to impose the type of medicine practised by its graduates.
The Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners had won!
Association of Registered Homeopaths
The Blackie Foundation Trust – founded by Margery Blackie to promote homeopathic education and research, and to support the annual Margery Blackie memorial Lecture.
The British Homeopathic Association
The British Homeopathic Congress
Presidents: James Johnstone, Alfred Crosby Pope, John Weir,
The British Homeopathic Drug Proving Association at 20 Moorgate Street, Bank, instituted 1862, Founder: Henry O Robinson,
The British Homeopathic Review Editors: Richard Hughes
The British Homeopathic Society Instituted 10.4.1844 – eventually became the Faculty of Homeopathy in 1943.
Founded by Frederick Hervey Foster Quin, who after an abortive attempt in 1837, finally managed to found this Society in 1844 at a dinner at his house to celebrate the anniversary of Samuel Hahnemann‘s death. (NB: Constantine Hering was present at the meeting at Frederick Hervey Foster Quin‘s house when the British Homeopathic Society was founded in 1844), The Liverpool Homeopathic Society was a branch of the British Homeopathic Society. The conditions of the Society were:
- That membership was only open to Medical Practitioners and Medical Students.
- That new members would prepare a dissertation or a paper to present to the Society.
- That London members who live within five miles of the Society’s rooms would be fined a shilling for being absent at any meeting at which a quorum was not formed.
Founders: Paul Francois Curie, Frederick Hervey Foster Quin
Patrons: William Debenham, Thomas Roupell Everest, William Leaf, Presidents: John Galley Blackley, George Henry Burford, George Mann Carfrae, Giles Forward Goldsbrough, James Johnstone, Edward M Madden, Herbert Wright Nankivell, Edwin Awdas Neatby, William Theophilus Ord, Frederick Hervey Foster Quin, Peter Proctor, Alexander Archibald Hagart Speirs, Edward Wynne Thomas, Harold Wynne Thomas, Percy Roberts Wilde,
Vice Presidents: Robert Cartwright, John Chapman, Thomas Hahnemann Hayle, Thomas George Stonham, George Wyld, Stephen Yeldham
Treasurers: John Galley Blackley, Joseph Gilioli, Edward Hamilton
Honorary Secretaries: John Galley Blackley, Thomas Robinson Leadam, Adrian Stokes, W R McCrae, John Weir,
Fellows: Samuel Thomas Partridge, Stephen Yeldham,
Members: George Edward Allshorn, George Atkin, William Bayes, Henry Belcher, Vernon Bell, Charles Harrison Blackley, John Wilton Frankland Blundell, Christopher Osmond Bodman, Francis Henry Bodman, John Hervey Bodman, *William Bradshaw, David Dyce Brown, Henry Buck, Hugh Cameron, Jasper S Capper, Alfred Midgley Cash, John Paul Cavenagh, Edward Charles Chepmell, John Henry Clarke, Arthur Crowden Clifton, William Clowes Pritchard, Robert Thomas Cooper, Eugene Cronin, William Simpson Craig, Alex Richard Croucher, John Roberson Day, Jacob Dixon, John James Drysdale, George Dunn, Thomas Ashcroft Ellwood, Thomas Engall, George Fearon, James Gibbs Blake, Joseph Gilioli, James Goodshaw, Arthur Guinness, James Manby Gully, Sydney Hanson, Gilbert Hare, Robert Harmer Smith, James Peddie Harper, Alfred Edward Hawkes, Thomas Hahnemann Hayle, John William Hayward, William Headland, John William Hobart Barlee, James Vaughan Hughes, Richard Hughes, Alfred Orlando Jones, C. B. Kerr, Joseph Kidd, C T Knox Shaw, George Lade, Joseph Laurie, Thomas Robinson Leadam, Octavia Margaret Sophia Lewin, Edward Cronin Lowe, William MacDonald, Charles Hills MacKintosh, David MacNish, Alfred Markwick, Richard Tuthill Massy, Victor Massol, William Henry Mayne, J Bell Metcalfe, George Lennox Moore, William Morgan, Herbert Nankivell, George Newman, Edith Neild (first female member), John Ozanne, Alfred Crosby Pope, Thomas Eadie Purdom, William Percy Purdom, Percival George Quinton, William Cash Reed, Henry Reynolds, David Ridpath, Henry Robertson, George Scriven, William Barclay Browne Scriven, Henry Shackleton, Edward Barton Shuldham, Thomas Skinner, Gerard Smith, *Robert Stark Tate, Charles Thompson, Charles LLoyd Tuckey, Joshua Lambert Vardy, *William Henry Watts, Dionysius Wielobycki, Severin Wielobycki, David Wilson, Neville Wood, Dudley d’Auvergne Wright. In 1943, the British Homeopathic Society became The Faculty of Homeopathy and was incorporated under the Company’s Act 1929, and the Faculty of Homeopathy Act 1950.
In 1860, the Society began to issue a record of its proceedings, The Annals and Transactions of the British Homeopathic Society and the London Homeopathic Hospital . In 1893, it became known as the Journal of the British Homeopathic Society, and in 1913, it took over the British Homeopathic Journal. In 1920, this journal became quarterly, in which form it is still published today under the simple title Homeopathy.
The British Homeopathic Society published The British Homeopathic Pharmacopœia in 1876
The British Institute of Homeopathy
Members: William Vallancy Drury, Charles W Luther, William Morgan, David Wilson,
The British Journal of Homeopathy
Editors: Francis Black, John James Drysdale, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, Giles Forward Goldsbrough, Richard Hughes, James Douglas Kenyon, *John McLachlin, William Theophilus Ord, John Rutherford Russell, Russell Reynolds, Thomas George Stonham, William Lees Templeton,
The British and Foreign Homeopathic Medical Directory and Record
Founded 1843 by John Chapman, George Atkin, Frederick Hervey Foster Quin and Robert Ellis Dudgeon, John Rutherford Russell, James W Metcalfe
The Cheltenham Homeopathic Medical Society
Members: Charles D F Phillips, Edward Phillips,
The English Homeopathy Association
The Homeopathic Fellows of the Edinburgh College of Physicians
Members: William Henderson, William MacDonald, William MacLeod, Charles Ransford,
The European Central Council of Homeopaths ECCH began after representatives from 5 countries met in the Netherlands in June 1990. A pan-European council was formed to represent the homeopathy profession. 20 years later, one of the original founders, Stephen Gordon, is still serving as the appointed ECCH General Secretary. ECCH currently has a membership of 27 national associations in 24 different countries.
The European Federation for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (EFCAM), became a member of the EU Commission’s Health Policy Forum (EUHPF) in 2010, (EUHPF was founded by the European Central Council of Homeopaths),
The Faculty of Homeopathy
President: Marjorie Grace Blackie, Francis Henry Bodman, Deans: William Lees Templeton Honorary Secretary: Percival George Quinton
Members: Alva Benjamin, Giles Forward Goldsbrough, Erich Kurt Ledermann, Octavia Margaret Sophia Lewin, Andrew Hart Lockie, William Wilson Rorke, Thomas George Stonham, Llewelyn Ralph Twentyman,
The Glasgow Homeopathic Association
Glasgow Lay Homeopathic Society
The Hahnemann Medical Society
The Hahnemann Medical Society was instituted on 10 April 1850, at 16 Bulstrode Street, Manchester Square. Early members included Treasurer Thomas Engall, George Edward Allshorn, John Anderson, George Atkin, Francis Bellamy, Francis Black, James Dore Blake, John Chapman, Edward Charles Chepmell, John Henry Clarke, Edward Cronin, Paul Francois Curie, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, John Epps, James Epps, George Epps, Joseph Hands, Sydney Hanson, Thomas Hahnemann Hayle, Amos Henriques, William Hering, Claude Buchanan Ker, Joseph D. Laurie, Edward M. Madden, Henry R. Madden, Henry Malan, John Hodgson Ramsbotham, Henry Robertson, Mathias Roth, Severin Wielobycki, James John Garth Wilkinson, David Wilson, and George Wyld.
The Hahnemann Publishing Society Instituted 10th April, 1848.
Formed for promoting the Publication and Circulation of good practical Homeopathic Works, and first, a New Materia Medica and Pharmacopeia.
The Society has already published the First Volume of the Pathogenetic Cyclopaedia, and the First Part of a New Materia Medica, containing the articles Kali Bichromicum, arranged by John James Drysdale; Aconitum Napellus, by Robert Ellis Dudgeon, and Arsenicum by Francis Black.
A Meeting of the Society was held at Leamington, on August the 10th, 1854, at which the following Members were present : Francis Black, John James Drysdale, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, George Calvert Holland, C B Kerr, Richard Robert Madden, John Rutherford Russell, Thomas Engall, William Austin Gillow, and Edward Phillips.
At this Meeting, it was proposed by John Rutherford Russell, seconded by Robert Ellis Dudgeon, and carried unanimously, “That the Society be continued, as at present constituted, till the completion of the Pathogenetic Cyclopedia, which, under an improved form, it is expected will be completed in one volume, and published in the course of the next twelve months; and the Secretary and Treasurer be empowered to make a further call on its completion, to an amount not exceeding one pound per share.”
Secretary: C B Kerr, Treasurers: Francis Black, Acting Committee: Francis Black, John James Drysdale, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, C B Kerr, and Richard Robert Madden.
Members: Edward Acworth, George Atkin, Francis Black, John Blyth, Mr. Brooks, Matthew James Chapman, Edward Charles Chepmell, Arthur Crowden Clifton, George Blair Cochran, William Simpson Craig, John James Drysdale, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, Thomas Engall, George Fearon, William Austin Gillow, James Manby Gully, William Philip Harrison, William Headland, Mr. Bering, Mr. Hewitt, George James Hilbers, George Calvert Holland, F W Irvine, C B Kerr, ?Joseph Lawrence, Charles Hills MacKintosh, ?William McLeod, Richard Robert Madden, William Morgan, John Edward Norton, Edward Phillips, John Hodgson Ramsbotham, John Rutherford Russell, ?Edmund Smith, Dr. Viettinghoff, Arthur de Noe Walker, Rev. T. Wright, Dr. Severin Wielobycki,
Health and Homeopathy (see the British Homeopathic Association)
Homeopathy (see the British Homeopathic Association)
Homeopathy Today (see the British Homeopathic Association)
The Homeopathic Medical Directory of Great Britain and Ireland
The Homeopathic Medical Association founded 1985
Administration Office : 7 Darnley Road, Gravesend, Kent DA11 0RU. Registered Office : 10-12 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, Kent DA11 0PE
Founders: Pyara Singh, Surjit Randhawa,
The Homeopathic Observer Edited and published by the staff of the Manchester and Salford Homeopathic Dispensary,
The Homeopathic Pharmaceutical Company of Great Britain, Presidents: J C Pottage, Frederick Ross, Secretary: George Cheverton, Thomas Yates (one of founder members),
The Homeopathic Publishing Company – (Anon, American Homeopathic Review, Volume 5, (J.T.S. Smith & Sons., 1865). Page 94. See also Edward Harris Ruddock (Ed.), The Homoeopathic World, Volume 5, (1870). Frontspiece. Also, this entry is compiled from information provided in an email exchange with Peter Morrell 9.2.13, and a late night phone call with Francis Treuherz FSHom 9.2.13) I am not absolutely sure who ran The Homeopathic Publishing Company in 1881, possibly John Henry Clarke, who was definitely running this company in 1888 from 2 Finsbury Circus, as it published The Homeopathic World (but then so did Epps, Thatcher Publishers at this time!) The very first mention of The Homeopathic Publishing Company I can find is in 1870. The subject of a specialised homeopathic publishing company was first raised in America in 1864, and by 1870, Edward Harris Ruddock was the editor of The Homoeopathic World, which was published by The Homeopathic Publishing Company at 2 Finsbury Circus, London EC. Leslie J Speight was working for The Homeopathic Publishing Company in the 1920s, when he met John Henry Clarke but never got to know him as such. The Homeopathic Publishing Company was owned and run by Leslie J Speight (1901-1995) and Phyllis M Speight (1912-?still alive) from the 1940s (we think). The Speights were/are British lay homeopaths who were important publishers of homeopathic books, through The Homeopathic Publishing Company (at 13 Bedford Square, WC1 (1943), and then at 24 St. George’s Street, W1 (1947), and also possibly from Landor Road, Stockwell, SW9 at this time, though a lot was lost in the London bombings during WWII. The Homeopathic Publishing Company transferred with the Speights to Rustington in Sussex (in the 1960s?), and then onto Bradford, Holsworthy in Devon as Health Science Press, before being sold to C W Daniel Co. Ltd., 1 Church Path, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JP, a well established publisher specialising in alternative medicine, until 1992, when the archive of C W Daniel was received by the International Institute of Social History (IISH (http://www.iisg.nl/archives/en/files/c/ARCH00279full.php)) in 1992. The archive of IISH contains the archive of books from The C.W. Daniel Company, which have been transferred to the library of the IISH and can be found by using the collection code “C.W.Daniel”. ‘…In the 1960s and 1970s, the Institute benefited from the growing interest in the history of social movements and ideas. It resumed its old task of saving the archives and libraries of persecuted people and organizations…’
The Homeopathic Record, Editor Charles Thomas Pearce (with thanks to David Charles Manners 14.12.11)
The Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) founded 2009
The Homeopathic Society (originally known as The Hahnemann Society), merged with The Homeopathic Trust in 1990, and then both of these organisations merged with the British Homeopathic Association in 1999).
The Homeopathic Times 1843 –
Editor: Charles Edwin Wheeler
Incorporated Institute of Homeopaths Ltd
Set up in 1946 for lay homeopaths by Edwin D W Tomkins and Leslie J Speight after a large public rally in Caxton Hall. This organisation lapsed after c.12 years. The books were then returned to the Board of Trade and the company ‘wound up’.
The International Council for Homeopathy (ICH),
The International Homeopathic Congress
Founded by Richard Hughes President: George Henry Burford Vice Presidents: George Henry Burford
International Hahnemannian Association
Founder: Edward William Berridge
International Hahnemannian Association 1880 – 1959 published Transactions annually from 1880 – 1927 when the International Hahnemannian Association absorbed the Homeopathic Recorder (a publication the International Hahnemannian Association had been associated with since at least as early as 1898 and previously published by Boericke and Tafel) and thus the Homeopathic Recorder became the main publication of the International Hahnemannian Association. Julian Winston 2003. Proceedings was also published by the International Hahnemannian Association as early as 1901.
The International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR), recently organised the 5th International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research in 2010,
The Irish Homeopathic Society
Members: Charles W Luther, William Barclay Browne Scriven, Arthur de Noe Walker,
Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis
Presidents: Charles Edwin Wheeler Permanent Secretary: John Henry Clarke
The Liverpool Medico Chirurgical Society instituted 1857 Presidents: John James Drysdale, John William Hayward, Honorary Secretary: Edward Mahony, Treasurer and Secretary: P Procter, Members: Edmund Lord Hudson, The London and Provincial Homœopathic Medical Directory
Editor: William Bayes
The London Homeopathic Medical Institution
Founded 1840 at 17 Hanover Square President: Thomas Egerton 2nd Earl of Wilton, Treasurer: William Leaf, Physician: Paul Francois Curie, Honorary Secretary: William Warne, Chemist: William Headland, Collector: Middleton
The Manchester Homeopathic and General Medico Chirugical Society Hosted by Alfred Crosby Pope is held at the Manchester Homeopathic Hospital,
Honorary Secretary: John Mason Galloway,
Members: Charles D F Phillips,
Manchester Homeopathic Institution (Anon, The Homeopathic Medical Directory of Great Britain and Ireland, and annual abstract of British homeopathic serial literature, (Henry Turner, 1871). Page 115).
General Committee: Jacob Bright,
The Medical Annual and Practitioner’s Index
Editor: Percy Roberts Wilde,
The Medical Observer
The Monthly Homeopathic Review (Medical Press and Circular) 1856 – Editors: William Bayes, John Ozanne, Alfred Crosby Pope, John Ryan, Percy Roberts Wilde,
The Midland Homeopathic Medical Society, established 1865,
President: William Sharp, Vice Presidents: William Bayes, James Gibbs Blake, Henry Robertson, John Stuart Sutherland, Secretary: Edward Wynne Thomas,
Vice President: *William Bradshaw,
Members: Robert Cartwright, John Hitchman, Henry R Irwin, Richard Stephen Wallis,
The Northern Homeopathic Medical Association
Presidents: John Hodgson Ramsbotham, John Ryan,
General Secretary: George Atkin
Local Secretary: Charles Caulfield Tuckey
Members: George Edward Allshorn, James Gibbs Blake, Booth, *William Bradshaw, Hugh Cameron, Juan Norberto Casanova, Samuel Cockburn, G A Craig, William Simpson Craig, John James Drysdale, George Dunn (Secretary), Grey, John Mason Galloway, Richard Sandon Gutteridge, Thomas Hahnemann Hayle, George James Hilbers, George Calvert Holland, Irvine, Joseph Laurie, Adam Lyschinski, MacDowal, George MacLeod, John Murray Moore, John B Morehouse, Charles Thomas Pearce, Charles D F Phillips, Alfred Crosby Pope, Charles Ransford, Andrew Rowan, John Rutherford Russell, William W Scholefield, William Sharp, John Stuart Sutherland, Henry Turner, Walker, Wright,
The Norwich Homeopathic Record,
The Organon Journal 1878 – 1881 edited by Edward William Berridge, Adolph Lippe, Thomas Skinner, Samuel Swan. Though in existence for only a short period of time, The Organon Journal was one of the most important homeopathic publications of the 19th century – published in Liverpool.
The Scottish Homeopathic Research and Education Trust
Scottish Lay Homeopathic Association
*William Bradshaw MRCS England 1840, LSA London 1840, MD Aberdeen 1854, MBHS, was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become Physician for the Nottinghamshire Homeopathic Dispensary, Vice President of the Midland Homeopathic Medical Society, Member of the Northern Homeopathic Medical Association, Member of the British Homeopathic Society, Bradshaw also practiced in Pepper Street, Nottingham, Holmrook in Cumbria, and in Worthing, and he submitted cases and articles to various homeopathic journals,
*John McLachlin ?1863 – ?1932, was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become Editor of the British Journal of Homeopathy, McLachlin wrote Treatment of Cerebro Spinal Fever,
Andrew Rowan ?1819 – ?1881, MD Erlang 1846, LSA London 1864, LFPS Glasgow 1864, LRCP Edinburgh 1864, was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, Member of the Northern Homeopathic Medical Association, Andrew Rowan practiced at Regent Villa, Barnsley, Andrew Rowan attended the 1877 Annual Congress of Homeopathic Practitioners, Andrew Rowan wrote Acute Rheumatism, its causes and cure,
*Robert Stark Tate 1818 – 1880 LSA London 1841, MRCS England 1846,was a British orthodox physician, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons England, who converted to homeopathy to become Surgeon to the Sunderland Homeopathic Dispensary, Surgeon at the London Homeopathic Hospital, Member of the British Homeopathic Society, Robert Stark Tate practiced at 1 Bennett Place, Blackheath, and at 20, St. John’s Street, Sunderland,
*William Henry Watts MRCS England 1857, MBHS, was a British orthodox physician, Medical Officer at the General Lying in Hospital in London, who converted to homeopathy to become a Surgeon at the London Homeopathic Hospital, Medical Officer for the Caledonian Fire and Life Insurance Company, Member of the British Homeopathic Society, William Henry Watts practiced in Brighton, and at 7 Westbourne Place, Bishops Road, and at 10 Park End, Sydenham, William Henry Watts was active in homeopathic politics, and he attended the dinner in honour of Frederick Hervey Foster Quin in 1861, William Henry Watts wrote A New and Comprehensive System of Materia Medica and Therapeutics, a supplementary repertory for Charles Julius Hempel‘s System of Materia Medica,
I would like to know if anyone has information on when Dr. Edgar Whitaker died. He appears to be have been the manager of the Homeopathic Publishing Company which published ‘The Homeopathic World’ and Dr. John Henry Clarke’s writings. Most noteably ‘Clarke’s Dictionary of Materia Medica’ and his ‘Clinical Repertory’. Dr. Whitaker wrote ‘John Henry Clarke, an Appreciation’ which appeared in ‘The Homeopathic World’, January 1932. This number was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Clarke who died on Tuesday, 24th of November, 1931.
Any help with this would be most appreciated.
I am sorry, but I do not know… though I have made some enquiries on your behalf, and if anything comes through I will get back in touch …
Thankyou for your efforts. I have found this website fascinating, and especially liked the quotes from my name sake, George Bernard Shaw’s, ‘The Doctor’s Dilema’. Didn’t realise he was so onto it.
Dear Sue Young,
Though I have not yet found out when Dr. Edgar Whitaker died, I have found out the following information with regard to who he was and his relationship to the journal, The Homœopathic World.
His full name is Leonard Edgar Whitaker, and he was born in about 1876. (1) He was the son of the Joseph Whitaker, a publisher of a wide variety of material including theological and books on the publishing trade. He is best known as the editor and publisher of Whitaker’s Almanack. (2)
The Almanack was published by J. Whitaker and Sons from 1868 – 1997, with Joseph Whitaker its editor from 1868 – 1895, with his son, Cuthbert Wilfred Whitaker, taking over after his father’s death in 1895. (3)
In the December 1931 number of The Homœopathic World, in an article entitled, ‘John Henry Clarke, An Appreciation’ Dr. Whitaker says that it was after Dr. Compton Burnett edited his last number of The Homœopathic World in April 1885, that Joseph Whitaker ‘. . took over the whole of his business and removed it to the present office . .’. (4)
Dr. John Henry Clarke commenced as editor the following month in May 1885. (4) The journal was published by The Homœopathic Publishing Company of 12 Warwick Lane, E.C.4. (5) A list of London Publishers and Printers 1800-1870 gives Joseph Whitaker as being at 12 Warwick Lane from 1887 until his death in 1895. (2)
Edgar Whitaker in the 1901 UK census is given as being 25 years old, with the qualifications M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., and his occupation as surgeon. In 1903 he married Evelyn Olave Cox. (1) In 1937, at the probate of the will of Edith Louisa Nimmo (his sister) he is given as being a publisher. (6)
In the December 1931 number of The Homœopathic World, Dr. Whitaker also states that ‘. . as Manager of the parent firm also I am so busy all day long.’ (7) I take this to mean that the parent firm of The Homœopathic Publishing Company was J. Whitaker and Sons. Why J. Whitaker and Sons would publish homœopathic books under a different name is understandable from the following quote from ‘The Faces of Homœopathy’ by Julian Winston: ‘Noting that “Dr. Ruddock had been compelled to keep his publishing department in his own basement,” Clarke established his own publishing house for his books – The Homeopathic Publishing Company – for no reputable publishing house wanted to touch “what was ‘officially’ anathema.”’ (8)
The above quotation appears to be not quite right. Dr. Edward Harris Ruddock founded The Homœopathic World in 1865. Dr. Edgar Whitaker says it was published from 2 Finsury Circus until 1885 when Joseph Whitaker took over. (4) This information appears to suggest that J. Whitaker and Sons should be given credit for publishing the The Homœopathic World under the name of The Homœopathic Publishing Company, rather than its editor John Henry Clarke.
What do you think?
4. Whitaker, Dr. E. (Jan. 1932) John Henry Clarke – An Appreciation in The Homœopathic World, The Homœopathic Publishing Company, London; page 7.
5. The Homœopathic World, (Dec. 1931) the Title page shows it was published in London: The Homœopathic Publishing Co., 12 Warwick Lane, E.C.4
7. Whitaker, Dr. E. (Jan. 1932) John Henry Clarke – An Appreciation in The Homœopathic World, The Homœopathic Publishing Company, London; page 10.
8. Winston, J. (1999) The Faces of Homœopathy, Great Auk Publishing, Tawa; page 185.
Fantastic research and extremely useful for us – I was recently trying to discover all of this information and then you posted it!
Thanks for your praises but I have found that I have made a mistake. It appears that The Homœopathic Publishing Company existed before J. Whitaker and Sons took over publishing ‘The Homœopathic World’ in 1885. For example ‘Essentials of Diet; or Hints on Food in Health and Disease’ by the late E. Harris Ruddock, M.D., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., second edition with corrections and additions by E. B. Shuldham M.D. Trin. Coll. Dublin? M.R.C.S., M.A. Oxon., was published in 1879 by The Homœopathic Publishing Company, 2 Finsbury Circus E.C. (1)
Sorry for the error. I was wondering if somebody who has access might look up the 1941 UK census for Leonard Edgar Whitaker to see if he was still alive? Any help with this would be much appreciated.
Here is my two penneth, as they say! This is from a footnote of my forthcoming book on
Anon, American Homeopathic Review, Volume 5, (J.T.S. Smith & Sons, 1865). Page 94. See also Edward Harris Ruddock (Ed.), The Homoeopathic World, Volume 5, (1870). Frontspiece. See also http://www.homeopathyhelpline.com/about-francis-treuherz This footnote is compiled from information provided in an email exchange with Peter Morrell 9.2.13, and a late night phone call with Francis Treuherz FSHom 9.2.13. See also the comments section of https://www.hahnemannhouse.org/british-homeopathic-associations-and-journals/ from Barry Shaw 15.5.13 and 16.5.13. See also Leonard Edgar Whitaker, John Henry Clarke-An Appreciation in The Homœopathic World, The Homeopathic Publishing Company, (London, Jan. 1932). Page 10. See also http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Joseph_Whitaker_(9) The subject of a specialised homeopathic publishing company was first raised in America in 1864, and by 1870, Edward Harris Ruddock was the editor of The Homeopathic World, which was published by The Homeopathic Publishing Company at 2 Finsbury Circus, London EC. The Homeopathic Publishing Company was founded in 1865 by Edward Harris Ruddock and published from 2 Finsbury Circus until his death in 1875. James Compton Burnett then took over, again from 2 Finsbury Circus until he retired in 1885. John Henry Clarke then took over, again from 2 Finsbury Circus, and he published The Homeopathic World (as did Epps, Thatcher Publishers at this time). John Henry Clarke settled upon Joseph Whitaker and Co as his publisher in 1885, when he officially settled into his role as editor, and in 1887 The Homeopathic Publishing Company and The Homeopathic World moved to 12 Warwick Lane, London EC2, where it remained until at least 1943, under Joseph Whitaker (1820-1895), and his son Cuthbert Wilfred Whitaker (1873-1948) and then his son Leonard Edgar Whitaker (?1875-?). Leslie J Speight was working for The Homeopathic Publishing Company in the 1920s, when he met John Henry Clarke but never got to know him as such. The Homeopathic Publishing Company was owned and run by Leslie J Speight (1901-1995) and Phyllis M Speight (1912-?) from ?1943. The Speights were British lay homeopaths who were important publishers of homeopathic books, through The Homeopathic Publishing Company (at 13 Bedford Square, WC1 (1943), and then at 24 St. George’s Street, W1 (1947), and also possibly from Landor Road, Stockwell, SW9 at this time, though a lot was lost in the London bombings during WWII. The Homeopathic Publishing Company transferred with the Speights to Rustington in Sussex (in the 1960s?), and then onto Bradford, Holsworthy in Devon as Health Science Press, before being sold to C W Daniel Co. Ltd., 1 Church Path, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JP, a well established publisher specialising in alternative medicine, until 1992, when the archive of Charles William Daniel was received by the International Institute of Social History (IISH (http://www.iisg.nl/archives/en/files/c/ARCH00279full.php)) in 1992. The archive of IISH contains the archive of books from The C.W. Daniel Company, which have been transferred to the library of the IISH and can be found by using the collection code “C.W.Daniel”. ‘…In the 1960s and 1970s, the Institute benefited from the growing interest in the history of social movements and ideas. It resumed its old task of saving the archives and libraries of persecuted people and organizations…’ Random House are the current owners of the copyright on all materials relating to The Homeopathic Publishing Company and the Homeopathic World. Peter Morrell ‘… is a medical historian, who has taught Life and Environmental Sciences since 1975. A Zoology graduate from University of Leeds, in 1999 he received an MPhil in History and Sociology from Staffordshire University for a thesis on the history of British homeopathy. In 1998 he was elected Hon. Research Associate, History of Medicine by the university. He learned homeopathy in 1978 from a student of the late veterinarian, George MacLeod (1912-1995) (President of The British Association of Homeopathic Vets), and practised throughout the 1980s. He published a textbook, ‘Environmental Science’, with Roger Johnson (Computer Science Lecturer and policy advisor for the Environmental Management System at Birkbeck University, London http://vili.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/dept/staffperson05.asp?name=rgj) in 1982; has published numerous journal articles on the history of homeopathy since 1982, and is currently compiling a collection of essays on Hahnemann…’http://www.homeoint.org/morrell/peter.htm Francis Treuherz MA RSHom FSHom ‘… has been in practice since 1984. In April 2010 [and April 2013] he was again elected to the Board of the Society of Homeopaths. He currently works in London NW2 and at the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living which won the CAM 2003 prize for the best complementary and alternative health centre in the UK. He was in NHS practice from 1990 to 1993 at the Marylebone Health Centre…’http://www.homeopathyhelpline.com/about-francis-treuherz
What a great coincidence, and glad to be of help.
From your notes I can tell you that Sir Cuthbert Wilfred Whitaker was born about 1873 and was buried in 1948? He was knighted for his services to the City of London Corporation in 1946 having being Chairman of the City of London Food Control Committe during World War II. (1)
I understand there was a link between ‘The Homeopathic World’ and the British Homeopathic Association which came to an end after J. Ellis Barker took over as editor and changed the journals name to ‘Heal Thyself’. This was the time when the BHA started it’s own Journal ‘Homeopathy’ with Margart Tyler as editor. Apparently her first editorial was not kind to J. Ellis Barker. If someone knows where I can see a copy of her editorial I would love to know?
If you would like more information on the link between the BHA and ‘The Homeopathic World’ I will send it when I find it.
Can you help me please.
I have recently purchased at auction the Queen’s South Africa Medal (Boer War) for Surgeon Leonard Edgar Whitaker together with a host of sporting medals, mainly Croquet, for himself and other family members.
I see from your forum that you have had lengthy discussions with a Mr Barry Shaw on this man.
I would like to ascertain which medals go to which family member.
I note from your forum that Dr. L.E. Whitaker habitually dropped his first Christian name and as his two sons were also called Edgar (Edgar Haddon & Edgar Peter) it is difficult to work out which Edgar Whitaker they are referring to on the medals.
There is also a “M” Whitaker, any idea who he was? the date on the medal is 1958 so quite late compared to the others.
By the way I can tell you that Leonard Edgar Whitaker died on the 12th May 1948. He married his second wife Grace Hugh Whitaker (nee Muir) in 1944, his first wife Edith Olave Whitaker (nee Cox) had also died in 1944.
I would be happy to photograph the medals for you to see if you send an email to my address above for your interest.
Any help would be most welcome, particularly if you have an image of Dr. L.E. Whitaker that you can share with me.
I am carrying out historical research.
Can you please advise when Alexander Archibald Speirs was President of the British Homeopathic Society?
Haddon and Peter were the sons of Dr Edgar, as their first names were all known. Haddon was MD of the family firm of J Whitaker & Sons until his death in 1982, when his only son David took over as chairman and daughter Sally as MD. The firm was later sold. How might I contact Keith Perry directly please?