Goligher Girls

Goligher Girls

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A Goligher family of Belfast were mediums who produced physical phenomena. Of Mr. Goligher and his four daughters, son, and son-in-law, the main medium was the oldest daughter, Kathleen Goligher (b. 1898). Spiritualism was the family religion. They were investigated by psychic researcher William Jackson Crawford, a mechanical engineer and Extra-Mural Lecturer at Belfast’s Queen’s University. His investigations lasted from 1914 until his death in 1920. Throughout the investigation, the family refused to accept any payment.

Séances were held either at the Goligher home or at Crawford’s home. They took place in dim red light, since it was physical phenomena that were produced. Six members of the family formed the circle while Crawford was left free to roam the room at will, for better observation. Kathleen would sometimes go into trance and speak to Crawford, but much of the time communication was by way of rappings.

Levitation of a table was achieved with ectoplasm formed into what Crawford described as “rods.” These emanated from Kathleen’s body, emerging from between her legs. The rods were capable of lifting heavy weights. Crawford used scales to record differences in weight that occurred during a sitting; sometimes the medium gaining weight and sometimes losing it.

Sources:

Crawford, W. J.: Experiments in Psychical Science. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1919
Crawford, W. J.: The Psychic Structures at the Goligher Circle. London: John M. Watkins, 1921

Crawford, W. J.: The Reality of Psychic Phenomena: Raps, Levitations, etc. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1918

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The History of Spiritualism. New York: Doran, 1926
Fodor, Nandor: Encyclopedia of Psychic Science. London: Arthurs Press, 1933