Dramatis Personae

by Andrew Clarke

The Story of the Borley Rectory affair is most bewildering for the huge cast of people. Here is an alphabetic listing of some of the more important people who contributed to the saga, with a brief account of who they were.

Dr Abernethy Supposedly saw a nun whilst driving up to Borley village, at the side of the road by the hedge bordering the rectory garden. 26th July 1949
John Alderson John Alderson was vicar of Dent from 1891 until his death in 1909, age 49. Married Miss Bull. . In 1922 his widow bought 20 Heslop Road, London, SW12. She lived there until shortly before her death in 1937.She named her house 'Borley.' In 1925 her sister Adelaide Mabel Bull moved into the house. She lived there until her death in a London hospital in 1936. In 1928, Alfred Richard Graham Bull moved in. He lived there until 1930. 
Old' Amos A former gardener of the Bull family, supposedly employed 200 years previously, said by Harry Bull to haunt the garden. It is a good Suffolk name so it is possible but how did he recognise him?
Sunex Amures an 'entity' that appeared in a sťance in Streatham and claimed he was going to burn down the rectory the next night. He didn't. Sidney Glanville was entirely sceptical about the value of his daughters forays into planchette writing.
Mr Arbon Tenant of the cottage at Borley Rectory during the Price occupancy. His name is variously written as 'Arbon' and 'Arbin' Has been erroneously described as having been married to Mrs Pearson's daughter. (Mrs Pearson was the char lady at the Foysters' time) Eventually got a job as a steamroller driver and moved away from Borley
Mrs Baines Author of a draft book on Borley that was to be part of a third book on Borley by Glanville, Underwood and Baines, edited by Paul Tabori
Dr Bellamy One of Price's official observers. He was one of Sidney Glanville's 'clique' of observers
Hon Richard Bethell Stayed at the rectory for two days with Price on July 28th 1929. Nothing (unusual) happened.
Mrs Bigg The tenant at Borley Place at the time of the 'Haunting'. It was she who identified the plum-coloured dressing-gown as being Harry Bull's. Mr and Mrs Big were convinced that Rev Guy Eric Smith and his wife Mabel had faked or exaggerated the haunting in order to get a better and more convenient parish
Katie Boreham Died 27 March 1888. Sťance material came up with the idea she had been a maid at the rectory and died in the kitchen. In fact she was a married housewife who died of acute Cerebritis in Sudbury. Lived at Priory Walk, married to Walter Boreham, a farm labourer. The sťance material emerged after Sidney Glanville had looked at the church registers and noted the name
Mr C A Boyden wrote in 1929 recalled that stories of ghosts were told to him 'over fifty years ago' in bible class by Rev Henry Bull.
Caroline Sarah Elizabeth Bull Sister of Harry Bull. Lived at Borley rectory until she married John Alderson Hayden.
Miss Ethel Bull The prime mover amongst the Bulls in projecting Borley Rectory into fame.
Miss Millie Bull One of the sisters of Harry Bull
Mr Alfred Bull Brother of Harry Bull. Said the house was not haunted. 'Ally' was a schoolmaster of great charm. Retired to live with his sisters. Visited the rectory to investigate the ghost in 1931, found nothing
Mr Gerald Bull Brother of Harry Bull. Said the house was not haunted. Local businessman.
Mr Walter Bull Brother of Harry Bull. Said the house was not haunted
Rev Harry Foyster Bull Rector of Borley 1892-1927. Known as 'Harry' Bull
Rev Henry D E Bull "Rector of Borley 1862-1992 Father of 'Harry' Bull. Died aged 59 of 'Locomotor Ataxy' in the presence of Harry at the Rectory. No direct evidence he knew anything about ghosts. A diary exists that he wrote when a curate. On his father's side he came from a long line of Rectors, one of his ancestors being Rector of Coggeshall between 1500 and 1600. Tattingstone, Suffolk, has a long list of Bulls as Rectors and Patrons. The Bulls inter-married with the Boys family in the i6th century. Catherine Bull married Sir John Boys, Dean of Canterbury, and founder of Jesus Hospital for poor members of the family. He was also private chaplain to Charles 1 and has a handsome marble monument to his memory in Canterbury Cathedral. The family coat of arms was granted to one, John Bull, citizen, of London, in the 14th century. "
J Burden Reported practical jokers being responsible for bell-ringing during Price tenancy. Worked out that the 'shuffling footsteps' were actually coming from the cottage as Mr & Mrs Arbon walked about..
Mrs E. Byford recalled incidents at the rectory in 1886, including hearing 'someone walking down the passage'
Carlos Rev Smith said he heard the words 'Don't Carlos Don't, in the passageway outside the Blue Bedroom. Price tried to make out that Carlos was Harry Bull's pet name, but this was denied by all the family.
Fred Cartwright Never traced. A Journeyman-carpenter who was said by Price to have seen the Nun four times in 1927
L. F. Caunter One of Price's 'official observers'
R. M. Christie One of Price's 'official observers'
L. G. Cooper One of Price's 'official observers'
Mr Edward Cooper Occupied the Cottage, saw the phantom coach
Ester Cox The main participant of the Amhurst mystery, that had odd parallels with the Borley Rectory haunting
S. L. Croft Lost a pencil whilst exploring the site of the rectory in 1947. Thought it important enough to write to Price to report it as an 'apport'
Geoffrey Croom-Hollingsworth was born 30 October 1917 in Manchester. He died in Harlow, Essex, 2 May 1987
A. J. B. Cuthbert One of Price's 'official observers'. Took part in sťances with Glanville He was one of Sidney Glanville's 'clique' of observers
J R A Davies Knew both Harry Price and Marianne Foyster
Captain V. M. Deane Member of the Marks Tey Spiritualist Circle Author of. the only contemporary account of any haunting in the Foyster period other than the 'Memorandum'
Mis Deeks At Liston Rectory in next parish, there was a very similar poltergeist outbreak in 1857 unusual knockings which were heard in various parts of the mansion which sometimes appeared to come from the roof and sometimes from different rooms in the house, windows were broken and casements rattled, and sometimes the foundations of the house seemed shaken. , This was discovered by the police constable of Foxearth, P.C.Edwards to be caused by a servant girl named Deeks of about 14 years old who discovered that striking on hollow walls in different parts of the house would have remarkable varied sounds and effects. She also lifted sashes and threw stones through windows. The poltergeist phenomena ceased once she left.
Rev John Dening Vicar of Langenhoe, keen spiritualist, who helped with the excavations of the rectory in the 1950s. Responsible for arranging a sťance at the Church in 2004 in which he apparently laid the ghost, a previous rector called John Deeks.
Dr Eric Dingwall Author of 'The Haunting of Borley Rectory'. Writer, librarian, anthropologist, conjurer and psychical investigator
Major the Hon Henry Douglas-Home A psychic investigator. Visited with Price in 1937 and wrote that he felt that the 'Phenomena' were produced by Price. (1943). Noticed the strange acoustics of the courtyard that projected sounds into the building
A.P. Drinkwater An observer at Borley Rectory
Mrs E M. Dytor The married name of Miss Wildgoose
H. E. Fee-Smith One of Price's 'official observers'. Witnessed the triggering of an electrical alarm when a pile of books shifted in the night. Reported the intrusion of a cat into the house. He was one of Sidney Glanville's 'clique' of observers
Marianne Fisher Assumed name of Marianne Foyster during her relationship with a salesman called Henry Francis Fisher
Henry Francis Fisher. Born 22 December 1900. Apparently, a victim of a heist involving a bigamous marriage with Marianne Foyster, with Lionel pretending to be Marianne's father.
Rev R. Flynn A local priest who witnessed bell-ringing during the early days of the Foyster incumbency.
Adelaide Foyster Born Barbara Alice Tower in West Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, 20 March 1928 to Alice G. and Seward W. Tower. Baptised 3 March 1929. She was the youngest of seven children. Adopted by Foysters upon the death of both parents. Was left in a convent in Braintree after Lionel's death. Now living quietly in the UK. Remembers nothing of the haunting.
Bernard Foyster Lionel's cousin, and the Bulls' solicitor. A Patron of the living of Borley
Lionel Foyster The rector of Borley. Cousin of the Bulls. A tragic figure who was was gradually becoming disabled by rheumatoid arthritis. Wrote three accounts of the haunting. Touchingly devoted to Marianne. High-church Anglican who had spent some time in Canada on missionary work. He was said by Henning (23rd July 1952) to have had psychic experiences in Canada. Lionel Algernon Foyster was born on the 7th January 1878, the fourth son of the Rev. George Alfred Foyster of Hastings. He was one of seven eons and two daughters. Lionel went to Pembroke College, Cambridge. He got his BA in 1900 and went on to finish his studies at a theological college. He was ordained a deacon in 1903, a priest in 1904, and in 1907 he proceeded to his MA.
Something happened in 1904 that caused his father to prevent Lionel taking on the curacy at his father's parish. Instead Lionel became the curate of Oughtrington, a role that did not exist before he came to occupy it, and no successor was needed when he left.  After five years he left for missionary work in Canada. Borley was Lionel's first and only living as rector in the UK, from October 1930 to October 1935 .
Mr H. H. Frost Member of the Marks Tey Spiritualist Circle
Eileen J Garrett President of the Parapsychological foundation of New York, was instrumental in tracing and interviewing Marianne Foyster in the States
Miss Helen Glanville Young lady who came up with the entity 'Marie Lairre' during a sťance in Streatham. Daughter of Sidney Glanville.
Mr R H Glanville Son of Sidney Glanville. Took part in some sťances
Mr Sidney Glanville Price's most faithful assistants. He was a neighbour of Price, a retired architect, precision engineer and radiographer. He provided a great deal of the material for Price's first book. Described by Harry Price's widow as "Harry Prices' best friend". He became increasingly disenchanted with Harry Price though he remained convinced of the veracity of the haunting. He contributed part of the abandoned third book on Borley Rectory
Mr C Gordon Glover Reported on 26 Feb 1938 that he regarded the evidence for the haunting as flimsy, and criticised the conditions under which the observational tenancy was being conducted
Mrs Kathleen 'Mollie' Goldney Author of 'The Haunting of Borley Rectory'. Organising Secretary of the SPR. According to Marianne Foyster, had a brief affair with Harry Price
Miss F R Gordon Lived in Borley Lodge and knew the Foysters
Mr J. P. Grantham One of Price's 'official observers'. Witnessed luminous spots on the ceiling of the Blue Room
Captain W H Gregson Purchased the rectory, evidently according to local gossip, to try to exploit its reputation. Alleged to have burned it down for the insurance money
Edith Greycastle Pseudonym for Edwin Whitehouse in Rev. Foyster's book of the haunting
Mr Rupert Haig One of Price's 'official observers'. Barrister at Law in the colonial Legal service, cousin of Mr Kerr-Pearse. Heard the paranormal movement of a bag of coal. Woke up feeling 'cold all over'. (unsurprisingly as it was a cold day)
Kathryn E Hall Collaborator with her father on the Borley Rectory sťances. Famous for her sťances that produced 'Marie Lairre'
Trevor Hall Author of 'The Haunting of Borley Rectory'. Called in to assist Dingwall and Goldney. Wrote four key chapters.
Hilda Florence Hanbury Lionel Foyster's sister. She was the original recipient of his ''memorandum' describing the ghosts. Lionel describes her as an authority on poltergeist. died 11 March 1972 at St. Leonard's Sussex. Estate £88,125.
Mr J Harley Reported that Harry Price had told him that he would try to communicate with the residents of the rectory after his death
Captain H.G. Harrison Brother in law to Sidney Glanville. Visited Borley rectory in August 1937
Mr R Hawkin One of Price's Official Observers
Rev A. C. Henning The rector of Borley after Rev Foyster. Wrote booklet on the subject of the haunting. Rented the rectory to Price Assisted with the preliminary dig of the cellars. Described by many who knew him as being saintly but extraordinarily naÔve. Was a great supporter of Harry Price to the extent even of refusing to meet the SPR investigators in 1951.
Lord Charles Hope Psychic investigator who visited Borley Rectory in 1929. Felt convinced Harry Price was producing the phenomena. In 1949, referred to Harry Price as 'That defunct charlatan' and 'as twisty as the longest corkscrew'. His letter to the SPR, Aug 23rd 1949, concluded "I have always felt that Harry Price, by his complete disregard for the truth in this matter, did the SPR a grave disservice"
Squadron-leader Horniman Observer in the rectory in August 1937, friend of Captain Harrison-Glanville's brother-in-law
Walter Hubbell In a strange parallel to Borley Rectory, he wrote the book about the Amshurst case in 1879, selling 55,000 copies and making a fortune. The account was found to be greatly embellished. Curiously, the case was one of the few that involved wall-writing. It occured close to Lionel Foyster's previous parish, Sackville, Nova Scotia
Mr Shaw Jeffrey friend of Harry Bull at Oxford, stayed at the Rectory 1862-1952
Sir Ernest Jelf Senior Master of the Supreme court, was at a 'loss to understand what cross-examination could possibly shake' the evidence of the haunting (Law times, 9 Aug 1941)
Professor C.E.M Joad A radio celebrity during the war. Visited the rectory on one occasion as a publicity stunt.
Miss Lucie Kaye Harry Price's secretary and lover. Although it has never been proved, seems to have had a child by Price which was later adopted. She extracted a considerable sum from Price over the years. Both she and her mother were keen spiritualists. Had great difficulty in relating the truth about anything to do with Harry Price or his antics
Mr Mark Kerr-Pearse One of Price's keenest and most conscientious observers. Discovered the petrified frog apport. Excavated the concrete trough in the cellar a year before Price, but found nothing significant. He was described by his friends as being 'on his beam-ends' at the time of the investigation, which was why he was so willing to spend time at the Rectory. He was one of Sidney Glanville's 'clique' of observers
Mr M Knox An Observer, from University College Oxford. Noticed that knockings could be caused by climbing roses and that the rectory could be freely entered via the cellars
Marie Lairre An 'entity' that claimed to be the nun during several sťances in Streatham
G Lambert President of the Society for Psychical Research when the Dingwall et al (1955) report was published
Canon H Lawton Stayed at the rectory in 1933, saw and experienced nothing unusual. Close friend of the Bulls, Gerald Bull in particular.
Miss Cynthia Ledsham Reporter, who witnessed the 'Flying Brick'. Went on record accusing Price of fraud. and  "Bare-faced Hocus Pocus" over the 'Flying Brick' incident
Guy L'Estrange Eccentric medium. A Yarmouth businessman and spiritualist who was employed by the Marks Tey Spiritualist Circle to rid Borley Rectory of the ghost
P. H. Lord An undergraduate member of the Cambridge commission who impersonated the Nun traversing up and down the nuns walk illuminated by torches
Mrs Mansbridge In September 1937, she visited the rectory and felt the end of her coat lifted and dropped again 'by an unseen hand'
Louis Mayerling Born George Frank David Carter. Changed his name by deed poll Responsible for a hoax book about Borley Rectory called 'We hoaxed the ghosts of Borley Rectory'. Most of Borley Rectory details seemingly based on materials gleaned from the now-defunct BorleyRectory.com website.
Herbert F Mayes Gardener and odd-job man to the Foysters. He was responsible for putting Foyster to bed when Foyster was living at the rectory by himself. Said to have seen the coach, and lighted windows in unoccupied parts of the house. He was said by Henning (05/10/38) to have believed that the lights were caused by reflections of light from the cottage.
Mrs Lucie Meeker Married name of Miss Lucie Kaye. Wrote a rather erratic account of Prices first visit.
Joe Miles The entity identified in one of the sťances conducted during the Foyster incumbency as the source of the poltergeist. Ousted by the 'demented female' Evangeline Westcott.
Jack Mitchell The son of the tenants of the Rectory cottage during the early part of the Foyster Incumbency of Borley Rectory
Mrs Mitchell Tenant of the Rectory Cottage in the early months of the Foyster tenancy. Claimed to have seen, from the courtyard, what she assumed to be Foyster in a dressing-gown outside his room.
G. H. Motion One of Price's observers. Discovered the cheap wedding-ring 'the golden apport'.
Santiago Monk  Santiago Monk, a Chilean diplomat, was said, by Marianne's son Ian, to have been one of Marianne's lovers in Canada. He was later posted to England and they found opportunities of meeting. This was especially when she was living during weekdays in Wimbledon in 1933‑34
B. Nisbet Investigated the Wall-writings, and concluded that Marianne was responsible (JSPR Feb 1948)
Marianne O'Neil Marianne Foyster married R V O'Neil after Lionel's death and moved to the States
R. V. O'Neil Married Marianne Foyster. They lived in the states
Vince O'Neil Adopted son of Marianne Foyster
Douglas Pearless. He was born 31 July 1928, son of Frank Pearless and Kate Fernie
Frank Charles Pearless. The lodger and handyman at Borley Rectory during the Foyster incumbency. Had an affair with Marianne. They eventually ran a flower shop together in London. Born 10 November 1894 in his grandfather's house at 105, Long Lane, Bermondsey. Pearless married Ada Ewens in 1918. Ada divorced Pearless in 1934 and moved with the three children to America. In the late 1920s, Pearless was living with a woman named Kate Emily Fernie in Wood Green, London. She was the mother of the boy Pearless brought to Borley (Francois d'Arles Jr.). He was born 31 July 1928. Pearless married Jessie Irene Dorothy Mitchell 4 August 1934. There was a son and daughter to this marriage. She divorced Pearless in 1944, and died 10 October 1978. He married Jessie (Pring) Steed 10 November 1944. She was the divorced wife of Walter Arthur Steed. Sometime in the 1950s, they emigrated to Australia.
Mary Pearson Later Mrs Tatum, maid to the Smiths during their incumbency. Famously mistaken for a ghost. Admits trickery after seeing Price doing the same. Claimed to have seen nun and coach. Later traced and interviewed by Trevor Hall in Sudbury Died in 1966 after falling downstairs
Mrs Pearson Lived in a neighbouring house and held the keys during Price's tenancy Acted as a daily char and housekeeper at the rectory during the Foyster incumbency. Saw Marianne throwing milk bottles down the stairs during a 'poltergeist session'
Rev Somerset E Pennefather Rented the rectory for six weeks in 1895, experienced nothing
Dr W. J. Phythian-Adams The eccentric clergyman who came up with the all-encompassing theory about Marie Lairre and believed that parts of the 'True cross' were down the well. (Church Quarterly Review January-March 1946 p214)
Mr Porter Pseudonym for Harry Price in Rev. Foyster's book of the haunting
Mr H E Pratt Researched Marianne Foyster in the 1950s along with Trevor Hall
Donald Frederick Pratt Viall Tenant of the rectory cottage during the later part of the Foyster incumbency. Related to the Paynes. Son of prominent local farmer. Died 1979. Never interviewed
Harry Price Author of the first two books on Borley Rectory. A controversial and combative figure who is nevertheless held in high esteem for his pioneering work in Psychic Research and in debunking mediums. It is never entirely certain how much he believed in the supernatural nature of the events at Borley, but limited his advocacy to subtle exaggeration and deadpan reporting of whatever he was told.
V S Pritchett Famous author. In 1940, in a review in the Bystander, criticised Price's biased writing
Mrs Richards One of Harry Price's party when he made his second visit to Borley to investigate the phenomena during the Foyster incumbency. Provided the car and Chauffeur, which broke down on the journey home
Sir Albion Richardson Eminent jurist. Recorder of Nottingham. Said the manifestations were proved by the evidence to the point of moral certainty
A. J. B. Robertson Leader of the Cambridge Commission investigating Borley Rectory during the Price tenancy
Mr H F Russell Was 'unaccountably thrown to the ground' somewhere near the entrance to the farm near the rectory.
P. E. Ryberg One of Price's observers. Saw nothing unusual at the rectory but plenty of evidence of the ravages of mice
W H Salter Hon. Secretary of the Society for Psychical research at the time of the haunting. Asked by friends of the Foysters, the Braithwaites, to investigate Borley. Wrote the first sceptical review of Price's books in the SPR Journal Dec 1946. Absolutely convinced of Harry Prices prime culpability for the faking of phenomena at Borley. Once wrote "I consider Price one of the biggest crooks going and I know of no other crook who has got away with it for so long unmasked". He wrote to Mrs Coghill , "I am sure you are a healthy influence in restraining Harry Price from excesses even worse than those he actually commits, hard as it may be to imagine these deeper depths".
M Savage An observer for Harry Price, who reported in March 1938, that the house was 'very far from haunted'.
David Scherman The photographer of the 'flying brick'. Did this as a joke and was amazed when it appeared in the book as a genuine apport
Rev. A. H. Sellwood Rector of Cornard. Supplied holy water to Lionel Foyster. Exorcised the rectory. Came up with the idea of a madman in the attics.
Marianne Shaw Maiden name of Marianne Foyster. Mary Anne Emily Rebecca Shaw was born 26 January 1899. Married Harold Gifford Greenwood 8 June 1914 in Scotland via sheriff's warrant, and 12 November 1914 in Ireland. Signed name as "Marianne" in Belfast. Married Lionel Algernon Foyster 22 August 1922. Married Henry Francis Fisher 23 February 1935. Married Robert Vincent O'Neil 11 August 1945. Died 18 December 1992..
William Shaw William S Shaw was Marianne Foyster's father. Anglo-Irish. Lived in Stockport. A Friend of Lionel Foyster. .Married to Annie Elizabeth Woodyatt 22 February 1896
Mr Upton Sinclair Harry Price's collaborator for a book on Borley at the time of his death, along with Mrs Baines
Rev. Sinclair Had a very similar experience to the haunting of Borley Rectory when he moved into Chale rectory on the Isle of Wight. Haunting cured by laying down rat poison. He wrote a letter about it to the Church Times, thereby inspiring Mabel Smith to write her famous denunciation. Rev Sinclair was wont to ride around on a tricycle wearing a shovel hat and a billowing black cloak. frightening nervous local children.
Mrs Mabel Smith Wife of Rev, Guy Eric Smith, rector of Borley from 1928 to 1929
Rev Bernard Smith a distant cousin to Lionel Foyster, and rector of a church about 6 miles away. Helped with the exorcism
Rev G Eric Smith Rector of Borley from 1928 to 1929, later Rector of Sevington. After leaving Calcutta University in 1907, Smith was employed by the Indian government in the department dealing with shipping. At the age of 39 he gave up his secure pensionable work in order to come to England and train for the ministry. He married Sarah Helen Mabel Hart late in life, 1 November 1924. Immediately after the wedding, they boarded a ship to come to England. He was ordained at the end of 1926. and Inducted to living at Borley 2 October 1928. His friendship with Price was pursued for some years in the mistaken belief that Harry Price had some influence in the church, and could help with Guy's promotion, and with the career of his 'highly psychic' sister Phyllis who was a medium
W.F.M. Southwood Member of the Cambridge Commission. Was reported as having seen nothing but subsequently claimed to have seen the skeleton of a horse in a burned-out bedroom.
T. Stainton Reported practical jokers being responsible for bell-ringing during Price tenancy
J. R. Sturge-Whiting Author of 'The Mystery of Versailles'. Quoted Price as saying 'So many people preferred bunk to debunk' adding 'and that was what he gave them
Simon Sudbury Simon of Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury d 1383. Said to haunt Borley
Charles Sutton The journalist who remembered Harry Price faking the poltergeist phenomena
Swanson A 'gumshoe' private investigator hired by Mrs Garrett to interview Marianne Foyster in the States. Forgot himself in the heat of the interview and was heavy-handed in interrogating her on her sex life..
Mr Paul Tabori Harry Price's Literary executor
Fred Tatum Boyfriend of Mary Pearson. Later her husband Is said to have caused a sighting of the nun by going across the garden with his jacket over hi head during a rainstorm. Felt sure Harry Price faked Phenomena
Senex Taurus Ivan Bank's far-fetched attempt to identify Senex Amures as Harry Bull under the pseudonym 'Senex Taurus' (old man Bull)
C. S. Taylor One of Price's 'Official Observers'. Reported in Jan 1938 seeing a dark figure that turned out to be Mr Arbon 'having a look around to see if anyone was about'.
Mr Teed A pseudonym given by Lionel Foyster in his book to one of the mediums who visited. Curiously, the name occurs in the Amhurst Mystery.
Arabella Waldegrave born 1687, daughter of Henry, first Lord Waldegrave. Candidate for the Nun in 1943
Miss May Walker One of Harry Price's party when he made his second visit to Borley to investigate the phenomena during the Foyster incumbency
V. C. Wall The Daily Mirror reporter who wrote the initial news stories. Resigned from the Mirror in 1932 and became a freelance reporter
Mr Warren Member of the Marks Tey Spiritualist Circle
Mrs Warren Member of the Marks Tey Spiritualist Circle
S.G. Welles Saw a moving luminous patch on the Ceiling of the Blue Room on 16 Feb 1937
Evangeline Westcott. Identified by the Marks Tey Spiritualist Circle as the cause of the haunting. Ousted eventually by Marie Lairre (Rev Westcott was the founder of the Ghost Club)
Lt Col F. C. Westland One of Price's Observers. Found a blue serge lady's jacket hanging behind the door of room 7 which he had not noticed before. Observed that the jacket would not be seen unless one shut the door after entering. Questioned the lack of systematic and controlled observation
Edwin Whitehouse The nephew of The Whitehouses, who lived at Arthur Hall in Sudbury. Invalided out of Navy. Suffered post-traumatic stress. Became fascinated by the subject of poltergeist. Befriended the Foysters, who eventually became repelled by his self-engrossment and his absorption in Catholicism. Had a subsequent bout of mental illness in 1937. Later, wrote an account of his experiences at Borley Rectory. Accused Price of 'losing his critical faculty ... and writing over dramatically'
Lady F. Whitehouse Wife of Churchwarden. lived at Arthur Hall in Sudbury. Keen spiritualist. Witnessed some strange phenomena at Borley. It was her idea to answer the wall writings.
Sir G. Whitehouse Churchwarden for Borley. He .lived at Arthur Hall in Sudbury Keen spiritualist. Offered the Foysters a refuge at the height of the haunting
Mrs E M Wildgoose Employed by the Foysters at Borley Rectory in 1933. Traced and interviewed by Trevor Hall.
Miss Rosemary. Williams Lived at Borley Lodge. Was said to have seen the apparition of a lady at the window of the blue room on the night of the fire. Wanted to charge Harry Price a guinea for her story!
Mrs L. Williams Said to have seen the nun. 'a round dark object' that could have been a 'short stooping figure' . Evidence discounted by all others present including Gordon Glover, but gleefully recounted by Price in the first book as a clear sighting of the nun
Mr Woods Found electric wires in the cellar whilst demolishing the rectory. Probably left by excavators of the wells-Possibly Kerr-Pearce
Miss Yelloly Cousin of the Bulls. Used to drive around in a black coach, though, in fairness, her coachman was not headless