G. R. S. Mead

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James Morgan Pryse, H. P. Blavatksy, and G. R. S. Mead

George Robert Stowe Mead was an English Theosophist who worked with Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.

George Robert Stowe Mead, for many years General Secretary of the European Section, was born in 1863. His father was Col. Robert Mead, late deputy Commissioner Her Majesty's Ordnance. He was educated at King's School, Rochester, and won honors at St. John's College and at Cambridge. After three years of teaching, he entered Oxford as an undergraduate, determined upon a fellowship in philosophy. After five months hard study, he went to Clermont Ferrand, in France, where he attended lectures for six months. Previous to leaving England he had met Bertram Keightley and Mohini Mohun Chatterji, and had come in touch with Theosophy. In 1887, he met H. P. B. for the first time at Norwood, and two years later, he gave up teaching at university that he might devote his life and energies entirely to the work of the Theosophical Society. He is well known to all the members through his articles in the Theosophical Review, of which he is coeditor with Mrs. Besant, and his books, Orpheus, Plotinus, Simon Magus, Pistis Sophia, The World Mystery, and last (but decidedly not least) Fragments of a Faith Forgotten, which has just come from the press. The pressure of his literary work becoming great, Mr. Mead resigned from the office of General Secretary two or more years ago.[1]

Theosophical Society involvement

Mead was admitted as a member of the London Lodge of the Theosophical Society on January 20, 1886.[2]

In August, 1890, he became a member of H. P. Blavatsky's Inner Group in London.

The Quest Society and The Quest

Mead founded The Quest Society. He was the editor of The Quest from 1909 to 1930. It was considered to be a continuation of The Theosophical Review.

Later years

After The Quest ceased publication in 1931, Mr. Mead "still remained a member of several learned societies. Notably he took a keen interest in the recently founded Society for Promoting the Study of Religions and became a member of its Council.[3]


  • Fragments of a Faith Forgotten
  • Twice-Greatest Hermes
  • Quests Old and New
  • Pistis Sophia
  • The Gnostic John the Baptiser
  • Did Jesus Live 100 B. C. ?


  1. "Some of Our Friends",The Theosophic Messenger 2.2 (November 1900), 28.
  2. Theosophical Society General Membership Register, 1875-1942 at http://tsmembers.org/. See book 1, entry 3555 (website file: 1B/18).
  3. M. E. W. in The Inquirer, October 28, 1933. Quoted in "Correspondence: The Late G. R. S. Mead," The Theosophist 55.1 (March, 1934), 717.