G. B. Finch

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Gerard B. Finch was an English Theosophist and barrister.

Personal life and career

Gerard Brown Finch was born on June 4, 1835 in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England to John and Nancy Finch. He was admitted to Queens College, Cambridge University on May 4, 1853. He was awarded a B.A. in 1857, and an M.A. in 1860. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn as a barrister in 1857 and was called to the Bar in 1864. He returned to Cambridge and taught law. In 1888 Finch was ordained a deacon at Canterbury, but he did not proceed to take priest's orders.[1]

With his first wife, Margaret Elizabeth Finch, he had sons Ernest, Herbert, Alfred, and Arthur, and daughters Alice and Isabella.[2] After she died in 1897, he married Amelia Janet Kelly the next year.[3] Finch died on March 24, 1913 in Cambridge.[4]

Theosophical Society involvement

Finch was elected president of the London Lodge in 1884 as a compromise between the Mr. Sinnett and Mrs. Kingsford factions in the Lodge. When the Blavatsky Lodge of the Theosophical Society was organized in London, on May 19, 1887, Mr. Finch was elected as its first President.

Notes

  1. "Gerard Brown Finch," Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900.
  2. 1871 England Census, 1881 England Census, 1891 England Census.
  3. England Select Marriages, 1538-1973.
  4. U. K. and Ireland, Find a Grave Index.