Backhouse, William

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Backhouse, William Gender: M
born on 18 January 1592 Jul.Cal. (28 Jan 1592 greg.) at 01:11 (= 01:11 AM )
Place Swallowfield, England, 51n20, 0w58
Timezone LMT m0w58 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 07°27' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 28°58 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 08°05'


British scientist and alchemist, the tutor of Elias Ashmole whom he first met in 1651. The following year, Backhouse adopted Ashmole as his spiritual son, disclosing the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone by way of syllables. Ashmole’s diary of 13 May 1653 records that his adopted alchemical father, William Backhouse, "lying sick in Fleetestreete over against St. Duncan's Church, and not knowing whether he should live or die, about eleven o'clock, told me in Syllables the true matter of the Philosophers stone which he bequeathed to me as a legacy." Even Robert Boyle, generally regarded as a pillar of the skeptical enlightenment and a pillar of the other contemporary Fellowship, the Royal Society, professed his belief in materials, for example menstruum peracutum, which would genuinely effect transformations.

Born in Swallowfield, Berks, Backhouse married Ann Richards; their daughter Flora married William Bishop of S Warnborough, Hants. He died on 5/30/1662.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) protégé relationship with Ashmole, Elias (born 23 May 1617 Jul.Cal. (2 June 1617 greg.))


Source Notes

Martin Harvey Nativitas I quotes Ashmole, a student who referred to him as Father Backhouse: January 18 OS, 1592/93, 1:00 AM LAT.


  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Philosopher/ Humanist
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Parapsychology (Occultist)