25 Jul The Boleskine House Foundation: Keith Readdy and Wayne Hoyle
The Boleskine House Foundation: Keith Readdy and Wayne Hoyle
THOTH: The House of the Holy – Boleskine House’s Past, Present and Future
What do a curious seventeenth-century minister exorcizing an ancient burial ground, a building commandeered by Jacobite rebels, an unusual magical ceremony intended to speak with guardian angels, a host of paranormal and strange occurrences, a bizarre James Bond–style villain-embezzlement-scandal from the 1960s, a 1970s rock and roll star, the site of a 5 acre native Scottish wildflower meadow, the target of a Q-Anon conspiracy theory, and a grass-roots heritage charity struggling to rebuild a historical manor house all have in common?
One of the most famous historic sites of built heritage within the esoteric tradition of the modern era, Boleskine House sits on an elevated position on Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is a location of many strange tales and occurrences, and most notably the house where mountaineer and occultist Aleister Crowley performed the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage.
The house has suffered two fires in recent history, rendering it nearly beyond repair. In 2019, the estate was placed on the market as a “development opportunity” to knock down and rebuild modern holiday homes. The property was purchased by Keith Readdy and with the help of a handful of volunteers, The Boleskine House Foundation was registered as a Scottish charity with the sole aim to restore the building and establish it as a heritage landmark.
Three years on, the charity is nearly 40% into its restoration efforts. With its charitable objectives in forwarding arts, heritage and culture, education, recreation and environmental sustainability, there is little one can imagine that Boleskine House cannot facilitate with its 35 acres of bucolic natural setting in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and 700 square meters of a beautiful piece of built heritage.
The presentation will outline the history of Boleskine House and its connection to esotericism, the project’s unique challenges to date, and the charity’s vision for the future of the house as a center for cultural events, conferences, and hospitality.
Keith Readdy is an American born author, independent researcher and property developer currently based in the United Kingdom. He received his master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam’s Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents. In 2019, he presented at Occulture Conference on his book One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy, published by Ibis Press. He currently serves as the Trustee Chairman for The Boleskine House Foundation SCIO, a registered Scottish charity aiming to restore Boleskine House in Foyers, Scotland.
Wayne Hoyle has has worked in education and correctional facilities before building a career in managing and delivering services for children and families in need. He has established, and is the chair of, the charitable organization, Sheffield Arts Lab, a magical vehicle at the behest of Alan Moore. He is currently working with a number of esotericists including David Lee to facilitate activities in the sphere of chaos magick.
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