Wingfield, Kate

Wingfield, Kate (d.1927)

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Kate Wingfield was an English medium. Frederick W. H. Myers wrote enthusiastically about her in Human Personality and Its Survival After Bodily Death (1903) and in the Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research. Myers referred to her as “Miss A.” Sir Lawrence J. Jones, President of the Society for Psychical Research in 1928, told of a series of séances he and his wife had with Wingfield in 1900 and 1901. At that time she was doing automatic writing and clairvoyance and just developing into a trance medium. Jones said that he experienced rappings, table tipping, physical mediumship, apports and levitation at her séances. However, it was the trance speaking of Wingfield that convinced Sir Lawrence of survival. Deceased relatives proved their identity on a number of occasions.

Kate Wingfield’s spirit guide was named Semirus, who claimed to be a doctor from ancient Egypt. Wingfield’s sittings gradually came to focus on being rescue circles. Eventually she had to give up having séances because of the objections of her parents, who did not want her to become known as a trance medium. Her automatic writings were published as Guidance from Beyond (1923) and More Guidance from Beyond (1925). Wingfield died in 1927.

Sources:

Myers, F. W. H.: Human Personality and Its Survival After Bodily Death. London: Longmans, 1903
Shepard, Leslie A: Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology. New York: Avon Books, 1978