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  •  The Scottish Wica

In the 1950s Gerald Gardner met Charles Clark. Both shared a common interest in magical matters and they soon became friends. Gardner was eager to spread the Witch Cult and thereby ensure its survival. Charles set about helping Gerald with this by spreading the Craft of the Wica in Scotland. Consequently, by the early 1960s, there were about twenty members in Scotland and Covens in Saltcoats, Glasgow and Perth, with possibly two further ones at Fife and Edinburgh.

 

The Perth Coven was run by two fairly well-known members of the Scottish Wica, namely Monique and Campbell 'Scotty' Wilson.

 

The Wilson's proved to be highly influential as they subsequently initiated Raymond Buckland, who took the Craft to the USA. Monique also inherited the contents of the Witchcraft Museum from Gardner following his death.

 

 

I have written an article about Gardner, the Wilson's and the Scottish Wica. You can read it here

 

The Wilson's gave an interview which appeared in the Sunday Mail on the 17th September 1961. Read it here.

Shortly after Gardner's death, there were disagreements between various High Priestesses. One argument revolved around Monique declaring herself to be the Queen of all the Witches, a title she claimed to have been left in Gardner's Will (however copies of Gardner's Will reveals this to be untrue.) A Hush Hush (October 1964) article about this declaration and subsequent disagreement can be found here and another article  about this, from the Daily Mirror (March 6th 1964) can be found here.

 

Following Gardner's death, Monique Marie Mauricette Wilson (nee Arnoux) went on to inherit the Isle of Man Museum from him. You can find an article which appeared in the Evening Standard (19th September 1964) about this here

 

You can find an article about the Wilson's, and a couple of other Witches, which appeared in Observer (1st December 1968) here (PDF) (N.B. This file is 2mb in size so may take a while to download.)

 

You can find a News of the World article (April 2nd late 1960s) about the Wilson's here.

 

You can find a Calgary Herald article (October 26th 1967) about the Wilson's here.

 

Read a wonderful article that appeared in The National Geographic Society magazine (Volume 142, No. 3, September 1972), about the Isle Of Man and its people, including a section on the Wilson's here. (Thanks to Athena)

 

In 1973, after running the Witchcraft Museum on the Isle of Man for nearly 10 years, the Wilson's decided to sell most of its contents to Ripley's in the USA. They then subsequently emigrated to Spain. Articles from the Manx Star and the Isle Of Man Courier about this event can be found here:

Manx Star Part 1, Manx Star Part 2, Manx Star Part 3,

Isle of Man Courier (January 1973) (these are all hosted on www.geraldgardner.com)

 

Some of the remaining Items from Gardner's museum collection, can be seen (and bought) here http://www.uniqueandprecious.com/gbg/gbgmain.html

 

You can read an article by Morgan Davies, owner of geraldgardner.com, about Monique Wilson and Gardner's estate here.

 

There is a page about Monique Wilson, in French here.

 

Below are some pictures of Monique, click on the thumbnails to view larger images. (Many images are courtesy of Melissa and Rufus Harrington and are taken from their collection of Doreen Valiente's scrapbooks.)

 

             Monique Wilson with Gerald Gardner                                          

Monique Wilson       Monique with Gardner     In her regalia 1           In her regalia 2         Monique & 'Scotty'

 

              

 

These two images are from 'Le Livre de

 Maitres du Monde'. Many thanks to Tof.

         

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