J. M. Peebles

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Dr. James Marton Peebles was an American physician and spiritualist who joined the Theosophical Society in 1878 or 1879.

Theosophical Society involvement

Dr. Peebles traveled to Ceylon, and on his return presented to H. P. Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott a report about the Panadura event in which Sumangala and Mohotiwatta Gunananda debated with Christian missionaries.[1]

In 1921 it was reported in The Messenger that Dr. Peebles was then 99 years old, living at 1927 Orchard Street in Los Angeles.[2]


  1. Anagarika Dharmapala, "On the Eightfold Path: Memories of an Interpreter of Buddhism to the Present-Day World," Asia (September, 1927), 723.
  2. "Matters of General Interest: H. M.," The Messenger 9.3 (August, 1931), 70.