‘‘Old Moore’’ (1657–ca. 1714)
Pseudonym assumed by a succession of British astrologers
for more than three centuries. The original Dr. Francis Moore,
a physician, was born in 1657 and published Vox Stellarum, an
almanac with predictions based on astrology, in 1701. Henry
Andrews was a later ‘‘Old Moore’’ whose editions of Vox Stellarum
had a circulation of five hundred thousand. Vox Stellarum
had become Old Moore’s Almanack by the twentieth century and
in the 1960s, ‘‘Old Moore’’ was Edward W. Whitman, secretary
of the Federation of British Astrologers.
There is a ‘‘Genuine Old Moore’’ (‘‘Beware of Spurious Editions’’)
credited to John Arigho featuring a portrait of
Theophilus Moore, said to have lived ca. 1764. The Irish Old
Moores contained word games, by ‘‘Lady Di.’’ There were four
rival Old Moores in Britain, all claiming ‘‘Original Editions.’’
Foulsham states their own original Old Moore (‘‘Beware of Imitations’’)
dates back to a copyright of 1697. Their predictions
are now calculated by a team of four astrologers.
A comparable American publication is the Old Farmer’s Almanac,
by Robert B. Thomas and rivals Old Moore in claiming
centuries of continuous publication. It maintains the tradition
established by Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac,
started in 1732.
Sources
Capp, Bernard. Astrology and the Popular Press English Almanacs
1500–1800. London Faber & Faber, 1979.
Howe, Ellic. Urania’s Children; The Strange World of the Astrologers.
London William Kimber, 1967.