Esoteric Succession of the Guild of the Holy Thorn
& Avalonian Druidcraft, from the Church of the Grail
The Church of the Grail, founded by the occultist Violet M. Firth (aka Dion Fortune) (1890-1946), started out as The Guild of the Master Jesus and was later, after 1936, renamed the Church of the Grail. Dion Fortune was originally a Theosophist, an initiate of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and founded her own esoteric order called the Society of the Inner Light (S.I.L.). William Ernest Butler, an initiate in the S.I.L., who was also a Liberal Catholic priest, was also involved in the foundation of the Church of the Grail.
As a woman, Dion Fortune was ineligible for episcopal consecration, therefore, the church she founded was founded without apostolic succession. It might, therefore, be classified as an independent esoteric church, and the lineage which has been transmitted to us from Dion Fortune is thus an initiatic lineage rather than a line of apostolic succession, even though the means of tranmission has been the tactile succession within a liturgical context.
- Violet Mary Firth (1890-1946) (aka Dion Fortune), foundress and Matriarch of the Church of the Grail, consecrated as a bishop of the Church of the Grail:
- Arthur Chichester who in 1959, consecrated as a bishop of the Church of the Grail:
- Basil Wilby (aka Gareth Knight), who consecrated as a bishop of the Church of the Grail:
- Mark Nicholas Whitehead (aka Coleston Brown) who on August 15th, 1999 consecrated as a bishop of the Church of the Grail:
- John Paul Aloysius Plummer, who on June 9th, 2011, exchanged episcopal consecrations with:
- Alistair Herrick Bate, Master of the Holy Celtic Order of the Temple