Isabelle M. Pagan

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Isabelle M. Pagan was a Scottish Theosophist, writer, astrologer, and lecturer who wrote well-regarded texts on Astrology.

Personal life

Isabelle Mary Pagan was born on December 12, 1867 in Dairsie, a parish near Cupar, Scotland to a prosperous banker and writer, George Hair Pagan, and his wife Janet (Jessie) Osborne. Isabelle had five younger sisters.[1][2] George died in 1881, the year his youngest daughter was born. For a time the six daughters lived in Edinburgh with Osborne relatives.[3] By 1918, Mrs. Jessie Pagan was living with Isabelle and her sisters Jeanie and Georgie at 22 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh. At that point Isabelle was employed as a lecturer, Jean as a civil servant, and Georgie as a masseuse. Isabella remained at that address with her sisters for the rest of her life.[4]

Miss Pagan died on July 2, 1960 at St. Andrews, Scotland and was cremated in Edinburgh.</ref>UK, Burial and Cremation Index, 1576-2014.</ref>

Theosophical Society involvement

She served as president of the Orpheus Lodge in Edinburgh.


The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals lists 27 articles by or about Isabelle Pagan and 2 articles using the name Isabella Pagan. She contributed to Theosophy in Scotland. She also wrote articles for Modern Astrology, as did her sister, Elizabeth H. C. Pagan.

She wrote several books and pamphlets about Theosophy and Astrology.

Books and pamphlets on astrology

  • Astrological Key to Character; the Twelve Zodiacal Types. London, Theosophical Pub. House 1907. 46 pages.
  • An Astrological Key to Character Birthday Book. 1914. Adyar ; [London] : Theosophical Pub. House, 1973. Pamphlet. 70 pages.
  • Astrological Summary and Analysis. London, 1911.
  • From Pioneer to Poet or the Twelve Great Gates: an Expansion of the Signs of the Zodiac Analysed. London: Theosophical Pub. Society, 1911. A second edition was published in 1926, and a third in 1930.
  • The Palace of the King: Rhymed Lessons in Astrology. Edinburgh: Theosophical Book Shop, 1918. Available at Goodle Books and Hathitrust.
  • Racial Cleavage; or the Seven Ages of Man. London: Theosophical Pub. House, 1937.
  • Signs of the Zodiac Analysed. First published before 1911, when an expanded version came out as From Pioneer to Poet. Sixth edition published in London: Theosophical Pub. House, 1978. Available at Open Library.

Books and pamphlets on literary subjects

  • A Defence of Bacon -- and Others. London: Theosophical Society in England, 1926. First published in Theosophical Review, new series vol. II no.8 (August 1926).
  • Has Peer Gynt a Key? London, 2000. Pamphlet.
  • The Mythological Background of Wagners Ring of the Nibelung. London: Theosophical Pub. Society, 1900s. Pamphlet. 16 pages.


  • Mr. Boffin's Secretary: a Comedy in Four Acts. London: J.M. Dent, 1902. Adapted from Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.
  • The Fantasy of Peer Gynt: Being Selections from the Dramatic Poem "Peer Gynt". London: The Theosophical Publishing Society, 1909. Henrik Ibsen work translated into English.
  • The Gentleman in the Next House: a Farcical Comedy in Three Scenes. London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1900. Available from Hathitrust, US access only. Adapted from Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens by Isabelle Pagan, H. W. Vrooman, and Martha Landis.
  • Mr. Pecksniff's Pupil: a Comedy in Five Acts. London: J. M. Dent & Co., 1904. Available at Hathitrust and Google Books/ Adapted from The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens.
  • Sunset in Stratford. ca. 1935. Manuscript in Folger Shakespeare Library. Shakespeare is one of the characters in this play.
  • Town and Todgers: a Sketch. London, 1904. Adapted from Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens.
  • The Villain of the Piece: a Comedietta. London, 1904.

Other resources


  1. Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950.
  2. 1881 Scotland Census.
  3. 1891 Scotland Census.
  4. Edinburgh, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1832-1966.