Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | August 15, 2012

Notes on Lewis Spence

I want to share a little information with you about Lewis Spence, a Scottish writer and occultist who was a Presider of the Ancient Druid Order – the group out of which the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids evolved. The following does not offer a biography, which can be found here on Wikipedia, but some insights into his character and way of life provided by a friend of his – Charles Cammell.

I first came across Lewis Spence’s work when I was studying Druidry with Nuinn (Ross Nichols). At that time I found a second-hand copy of his The Mysteries of Britain in a bookshop in Brighton and was captivated by his account of Druidry and by the pictures that accompanied the text – especially by the illustration of the towers of the magical city of the Druid alchemists at Dinas Emrys!  Read full article in the OBOD online library

'The Magical City of Emrys' by Wendy Wood, from Lewis Spence's 'The Mysteries of Britain'

‘The Magical City of Emrys’ by Wendy Wood, from Lewis Spence’s ‘The Mysteries of Britain’


  1. I want to thank you for flagging up Lewis Spence’s book. I bought a copy and am thoroughly intrigued – even though it’s so very old! 🙂 Must go back to Iona now, and see it in that different light.

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