Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | January 25, 2009

The Rosicrucians and the Russian Aristocracy in London

Just before she died, the Order’s Pendragon during Nuinn’s time gave me a set of eleven privately printed books of rituals of A.E.Waite’s Rosicrucian Fellowship. In researching the Rosicrucians for The Book of English Magic, I took these books down from the shelves, blew the dust off them and, not having looked at them for 20 years, re-discovered a list of members inserted in one of them. I’ve just analysed the list: out of a total of 88, 63 were women; of 5 doctors listed all were female; and 3 members of the Russian aristocracy were noted: Count Alex Bobrinskoy, and the Princes Constantine and Andrew Lubanoff-Rostovsky.

And glued into the inside cover of one of the books was a personal bookmark:
R+C bookmark


  1. Hi Philip,

    I have been a Masonic Rosicrucian for almost ten years now. There are many connections with Rosicrucianism, alchemy, and of course Freemasonry. There is an interesting book you might like to check out, more about Masonry than the RCs, but you might find some interesting history of early enlightenment society doings It’s called The Origins of Freemasonry by David Stevenson. There were early connections with the secrets of Freemasonry, the Rosicrucians, and the occult which were written about as early as 1625.


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