RoyalCraftiness Posted January 26 Share Posted January 26 6 hours ago, A Phoenix said: Anyone wanting to know more about the indefatigable Constance Mary Pott and her monumental work The Promus, take a look at this video from the Francis Bacon Society by its Chair Susan McIlroy and readings by actor Briony Rawle. It looks at Pott’s own letters and recollections of how she came a Baconian, how she began her incredible work and her talks with contemporaries among them Bacon Biographer James Spedding. Fascinating and inspiring! ‘Shakespeare was written by Sir Francis Bacon. The evidence from Constance Pott, founder of the Francis Bacon Society 1886. '‘What is truth?’ said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer’. That was delicious! I being then about 9 years old....read that first Essay of Truth... I was thenceforward a Baconian.’ So said Constance Fearon, later Mrs Henry Pott, inspiration for the founding of the Francis Bacon Society in 1886. And when the Society became, ‘so formal and proper that it has lost all sociability’, she proceeded to found a second Bacon Society in 1905. Mrs Pott had 11 children, and in the words of one Baconiana editor: ‘she even managed to have her first born on Francis Bacon’s birthday’! The talk encompasses a selection from Mrs Pott’s impressive output: her publication of Bacon’s Promus of Formularies and Elegancies, her books, 'Did Francis Bacon Write Shakespeare?', and 'Francis Bacon and his Secret Society', and excerpts from her private letters, papers and Baconiana articles.’ She was born into it. Her name is from the Latin motto Virtute et Constantia which is associated with the Knights of Malta. Constance was one of the virtues represented by the compass and square. He brother was named Francis. Her grandfather was the greatest architect and developer in Georgian England (James Haliburton, shortened to Burton). He was an Inigo Jones figure for that time. The entire family was well versed in the esoteric. James Burton is buried in a pyramid shaped tomb in England. His son was the well known Egyptologist James Burton. There's a reason why Constance was such a precocious pursuer of the ideas she had. She had been groomed to have them from early days. Her life appears to have been about trying to confirm held beliefs. This I would argue is not the same thing as studying something and making discoveries in a field. Everyone should be aware of this deeply rooted bias. When you seek to confirm things which you already accept the exercise is prone to succeeding. James Burton (property developer) - Wikipedia is a good read up for the entire London family. There are many literary and high society connections with this family. Studying the Burtons would be an excellent way to understand why it was that Constance came to have encountered some suggestions. Not a whole lot is known about her mother Jesse, but it is known that Thomas Chandler Haliburton stayed with the family when he visited London for an extended visit in the 1840s, just prior to his work which treats on the search for a treasure in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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