Firebrace, Roy Charles (1889–1974)
British researcher in psychical science, radionics, hypnostism,
and astrology. Born August 16, 1889, at Halifax, Nova
Scotia, Firebrace served in the British army for almost four decades
(1909–46) and retired with the rank of brigadier. Firebrace
took special interest in the study of mediumship and the
evidence for survival of personality after death and also edited
booklets on astrology. He was president of the Astrological Association,
Britain, in 1958 and played a valuable part in the deFirebrace,
Roy Charles Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
velopment of the College of Psychic Science (now College of
Psychic Studies).
During his period as a British military attache at Riga, Latvia,
he took part in séances with a direct voice circle, at which
he became convinced of the reality of survival of personality
after death. He also attended séances with Helen Duncan (at
which a materialized figure conversed with him in Russian),
with Alec Harris (at which 18 materializations are said to have
formed), and with voice medium Leslie Flint.
Firebrace practiced healing by radionics, the system originally
developed by Albert Abrams involving diagnosis of blood
spots by the use of a black box device. He was president of the
College of Psychic Studies for 13 years, after supervising its
change of name. He died November 10, 1974.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.

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