Basil Crump

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Basil Crump was an English barrister and Theosophist. He was known for his collaborations with Alice Leighton Cleather, and was one of the founders of the Universal Brotherhood (organization).

Personal life

Basil Woodward Crump was born on September 11, 1866 in London to Frederick Octavius and Isabel Teresa Crump. After attending Kensington Grammar School, he was admitted to Jesus College of Cambridge University. He became a Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple and was sub-editor of Law Times.[1]

On May 30, 1945, at the age of 89, Crump died suddenly of heart failure in Calcutta.[2]

Involvement with Theosophy


Mr. Crump wrote many articles for Theosophical periodicals. The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals lists 53 articles by or about him. The series on Wagner's operas and prose was particularly noteworthy.

Wagner series

Books and pamphlets

Coauthored with Alice Leighton Cleather

  • Buddhism: the Science of Life. 1928.
  • Parsifal, Lohengrin and the legend of the Holy Grail described and interpreted in accordance with Wagner's own writings. New York, Schirmer [1904?]. Available at Hathitrust.


  1. Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900.
  2. Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, 1790-1976.