THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY
ARTHUR WOOLLGAR VERRALL
Classical scholar. B. February 5, 1851, Brighton, England; d. June 18, 1912, Cambridge, England. Educ. Wellington College; Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1873; M.A., 1874). M. 1882, Margaret de Gaudrion Merrifield (d. 1916): 2 d. Read for the bar, 1874-77, at Lincoln's Inn; called to the bar, 1877; returned to Trinity College, Cambridge, 1877, where he lectured until 1911. First King Edward VII Professor of English Literature, 1911.
As the husband of one celebrated psychical research, Mrs. Margaret de Gaudrion Verrall (q.v.), and the father of another, Mrs. W. H. Salter (q.v.), Verrall was naturally familiar with this field, although he himself took little active part. His name is best known as one of the purporting communicators in the famous SPR "cross correspondences," in which both his wife and daughter played leading parts as automatists. His publications included Studies in Horace (1883); Euripedes he Rationalist (1895); and papers in the Journal of Philology, Journal of Hellenic Studies, and Classical Review.
Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications