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Priest, writer, historian. B. November 15, 1856, London; d. November 3, 1939, London. Educ. Sèminaire St. Malo, France; Mount St. Mary's, Derbyshire, England; Stonyhurst, Lancashire, England; Manresa House, Roehampton, London; University of London. Became a novice in the Society of Jesus in 1874; taught at Beaumont College, Windsor, 1880-87, and at Wimbledon, London, 1892-94; produced over 700 articles, essays, pamphlets, and translations, working full time as a writer from 1894 until his death.

Although Father Thurston joined the Society for Psychical Research, London, in 1919, his interest in psychical studies began at a much earlier date; he wrote in 1909 an account of a lecture by Everard Feilding (q.v.) on the Italian medium Eusapia Palladino (q.v.). He made a particularly study of poltergeist phenomena and of spiritualism, although the latter study had to be at second-hand since as a priest he was unable to attend seances.

Father Thurston was author of The Memory of Our Dead (1915); The Church and Spiritualism (1933); Supersition (1933); Beauring and Other Apparitions (1934); and the posthumously published Physical Phenomena of Mysticism (1952); Ghosts and Poltergeists (1953); Surprising Mystics (1955). For the SPR Proceedings he wrote the article "The Phenomena of Stigmatization" (Vol. 32, Part 83, 1922). See the biography, Father Thurston, by J. Crehan (1952).

Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications



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