Lyttelton, Edith (ca. 1865–1948)
Author, playwright, psychic, and past president of the Society
for Psychical Research (SPR), London. A daughter of Arthur
Balfour, she was educated privately and married in 1892.
In a well-to-do position, she served in a number of social and
charitable roles. She was a member of the Joint Council of the
Vic-Wells and National Theatre and a governor of Stratford
Memorial Theatre. During World War I she served on the War
Refugees Committee and was deputy director of the Women’s
Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture (1917–19). She was British
Substitute Delegate to the League of Nations Assembly at
Geneva (1923–31) and appointed Dame Commander of the
Order of the British Empire (1917). She received the Dame
Grand Cross (1929).
In 1902 she joined the Society for Psychical Research, and
from 1928 onward was a member of the council. In 1913, soon
after her husband’s death, she experimented with automatic
writing and received predictions of the outbreak of World War
I. Her scripts predicted the sinking of the liner Lusitania in
1915, and offered additional predictions that seemed to refer
to World War II. Her presidential address to the SPR was published
in the society’s Proceedings (Vol. 41, part 132, 1933) and
she wrote several books including Some Cases of Prediction
(1937). She died September 2, 1948.
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Lyttelton, Edith. The Faculty of Communion. N.p., 1925.
———. Our Superconscious Mind. London, 1931.
———. Some Cases of Prediction. London Bell, 1938.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.