Lord, Maud E. (1852–1924)
American direct voice medium who worked under her married
name, Mrs. Maud Lord-Drake. She was born March 15,
1852, in Marion County, West Virginia, with a double veil, or
caul, over her face. Her father was a Baptist deacon, her mother
a Methodist.
She appeared before the Seybert Commission in 1885.
Nothing more than hoarse whispers were heard and these were
never simultaneous with the speech of the medium. Touches
were also felt here and there, but the committee did not find
the phenomena convincing. However, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
concluded that the members of the commission were prejudiced
against Spiritualist phenomena.
Usually Lord sat in the middle of her circle and clapped her
hands in the darkness to prove that she did not change position
while the voices spoke from different parts of the room. Her favorite
control was the Indian child ‘‘Snowdrop.’’ She continued
to work for 65 years, and she was reported to produce full-form
materializations in daylight, independent music from a levitated
guitar, independent voices and singing, clairvoyance,
clairaudience and psychometry. At one point she was invited
to Buckingham Palace, England, where she gave two readings
to Queen Victoria.
Lord-Drake, Maud. Psychic Light The Continuity of Law and
Life. Kansas City, Mo. Frank T. Riley, 1904.