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Constance Georgina Louise de Bourbel

28 March 1838–23 September 1910

Born 28 Mar. 1838 at Florence, Tuscany, Italy.[1] Daughter of Auguste Harold de Bourbel and Constance Cecilia Bulkley.[2] Parents died when she was a child.[3] Sent to England to live with her maternal aunt’s family, by 1841.[4] Married Charles Wachtmeister, 15 Aug. 1863, at Wargrave, Berkshire, England; one child.[5] Lived in Denmark and Sweden during her husband’s service with the government, 1863–1871.[6] Joined the Theosophical Society, 1881.[7] Founder, manager, and writer for the Theosophical Publication Society of London, 1891–1899.[8] Lectured and organized branches of the Theosophical Society throughout the world, 1894–1910.[9] Met with EBW in Salt Lake City, 1894.[10] Delivered a short message and answered questions at the Women’s Press Club, 30 June 1894.[11] Died 23 Sept. 1910 at Los Angeles.[12]

 

[1] Svenska kyran, Lund stadsforsamling, Landsarkivet i Lund, Sweden, Malmohus, Lund, Lund stadsforsamling, kyrkobocker, husforhorslangder och forsamlingsbocker, 1875–1914, Husforhorslangder, AI 87 1881–1887, p. 144, Constance Louise Georgina Wachtmeister Fodd de Bourbel, microfilm 6615975, DGS 104122957, image 56/409, FHL. 1861 England and Wales Census, RG 9, Piece 752, Folio, 17, Page 11, Georgina L De Bourbel. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 6 June 2019), Louise Constance Georgina De Bourbel (9Z8C-4GH).

[2] Church of England, Parish Church of Wargrave, Berkshire, England, Parish Registers, 1538–1982, Baptisms, 1813–1852, p. 152, Constance Louisa Georgiana De Bourbel (1841), microfilm 1040710, DGS 4006730, FHL. R. A. Burnett and Mary W. Burnett, “Death of Countess Wachtmeister,” Theosophic Messenger, Oct. 1910, 811.

[3] “Pupil and Friend of Mme. Blavatsky,” San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 1896, 26. R. A. Burnett and Mary W. Burnett, “Death of Countess Wachtmeister,” Theosophic Messenger, Oct. 1910, 811.

[4] “Pupil and Friend of Mme. Blavatsky,” San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 1896, 26. R. A. Burnett and Mary W. Burnett, “Death of Countess Wachtmeister,” Theosophic Messenger, Oct. 1910, 811.

[5] Church of England, Parish Church of Wargrave Berkshire, England, 1538–1982, Marriages, 1896–1982, 1837–1896, p. 110, Charles Wechtmeister and Constance Georgiana Louisa de Bourbel, 15 Aug. 1863, microfilm 1849255, DGS 7909272, FHL. “Pupil and Friend of Mme. Blavatsky,” San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 1896, 26. “Theosophist and Lecturer of Note, Who Leaves Large Estate to Her Son,” Los Angeles Herald, 25 Sept. 1910, 21.

[6] R. A. Burnett and Mary W. Burnett, “Death of Countess Wachtmeister,” Theosophic Messenger, Oct. 1910, 811. “Her Life and Work: Interesting Biography of Countess Wachtmeister,” Sandusky (OH) Register, 5 Sept. 1894, 1.

[7] “Pupil and Friend of Mme. Blavatsky,” San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 1896, 26.

[8] 1891 England and Wales Census, East Marylebone, St. Stephens, London, UK, p. 20, Constance Wachtmeister. “Pupil and Friend of Mme. Blavatsky,” San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 1896, 26. R. A. Burnett and Mary W. Burnett, “Death of Countess Wachtmeister,” Theosophic Messenger, Oct. 1910, 811.

[9] R. A. Burnett and Mary W. Burnett, “Death of Countess Wachtmeister,” Theosophic Messenger, Oct. 1910, 811. “Pupil and Friend of Mme. Blavatsky,” San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 1896, 26.

[10] EBW, Diary, 30 June 1894; 5–6 July 1894.

[11] “The Countess Wachtmeister, Guest of the Woman’s Press Club Last Evening,” Sunday Herald (Salt Lake City), 1 July 1894, 2. “U.W.P.C.,” Woman’s Exponent, 15 July 1894, 162. “Countess Wachtmeister,” Woman’s Exponent, 15 Aug. 1894, 172.

[12] California State Board of Health, Los Angeles Co., Los Angeles, California Death Records, 1905–1930, cert. no. 3421, Countess Constance Wachtmeister, 28 Sept. 1910, microfilm 2368693, DGS 5597637, FHL. “Theosophist and Lecturer of Note, Who Leaves Large Estate to Her Son,” Los Angeles Herald, 25 Sept. 1910, 21.