Monday, August 15, 2005

Daniel Dunglas Home

Sources include: An Encyclopaedia of Psychic Science by Nandor Fodor (1934).

Daniel Dunglas Home was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 20, 1833.

Home was descended, on his mother's side, from a Scottish Highland family with the gift of second sight. Home claimed that his father was a natural son of the tenth Earl of Home. While still a child, Daniel Dunglas Home moved to America.

Home's school friend Edwin died. Home, aged 13, saw a vision of the dead Edwin.

Four years later, Home saw a vision which told him of the death of his mother.

By the age of 17, his household was experiencing a range of poltergeist type events, including knocking sounds and furniture moving.

Home astounded people by demonstrating his ability to give them accurate details on their life, some of which the person themselves had completely forgotten.

Lord Linksay recorded this event:

I was sitting on December 16, 1868, Lord Adare's rooms in Asley Place, London, S.W., with Mr. Home and Lord Adare and cousin of his. During the sitting, Mr. Home went into a trance, and in that state was carried out of the window in the room next to where we were, and was brought in at our window. The distance between the windows was about seven feet six inches, and there was not the slightest foothold between them, nor was there more than a 12 in projection to each window, which served as a ledge to put flowers on. We heard the window in the next room lifted up, and almost immediately after we saw Home floating in the air outside our window.

Home's mediumship was investigated by Sir William Crookes who decided that Home's phenomena were genuine.

Sir William Crookes summed up his opinion as follows:

"During the whole of my knowledge of D. D. Home, extending for several years, I never once saw the slightest occurrence that would make me suspicious that he was attempting to play tricks. He was scrupulously sensitive on this point, and never felt hurt at anyone taking precautions against deception. To those who knew him Home was one of the most lovable of men and his perfect genuineness and uprightness were beyond suspicion."

Frank Podmore, a most sceptical psychical researcher, says of Home in his Modern Spiritualism:
"A remarkable testimony to Home's ability whether as medium or simply as conjurer, is the position which he succeeded in maintaining in society at this time (1861) and indeed throughout his later life, and the respectful treatment accorded to him by many leading organs of the Press. No money was ever taken by him as the price of a sitting; and he seemed to have had the entree to some of the most aristocratic circles in Europe...

"Home was never publicly exposed as an impostor and there is no evidence of any weight that he was even privately detected in trickery."


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