October 19, 2004
from DragonKeyPress Website
recovered through ISISWayBackMachine Website
He was among the earliest to theorize upon the existence and structure of the atom, and was one of the most renowned intellectuals of the Age of Enlightenment. His father was the Earl of Cork, and he himself was offered peerage, but turned it down. His provost at Eton College, which he attended, was part of the circle surrounding Frederick of the Palatinate.
After completing school, Boyle toured
Europe, including the Medici-dominated city of Florence, then a
haven for esotericists, scientists and philosophers persecuted in
more Catholic-dominated lands. He also spent nearly two years in
Geneva, where he studied demonology and occultism. There he acquired
a book called The Devil of Mascon, which he hired his friend
Pierre du Moulin, son of Catherine de Bar's personal chaplain, to
It was at this time that he began to write letters to friends referring to 'The Invisible College', which sounded, from his description, like a powerful secret society of initiates into the occult mysteries, much like the Rosicrucians.
He even specified in one letter that,
It is entirely possible that this was a
reference to his induction into the
Priory of Sion.
It was around this time that, as Holy Blood, Holy Grail theorizes, the Priory of Sion might have transferred the bulk of its efforts and loyalties away from the French branches of the Grail family, like the House of Lorraine, and onto the House of Stuart. When Charles II came to power, Robert Boyle was one of his first and most outspoken supporters. Charles II also became the Head of the Royal Society, a conclave of scientists and intellectuals with official royal patronage.
Most of the members of the Royal Society were Freemasons, and most coupled their scholarly pursuits with esoteric ones, making the Royal Society appear to be much like the 'Invisible College' which Robert Boyle, one of the society's most prominent members, had previously described. He became an even more prominent member of the society after 1668, when he moved permanently to London, residing with his sister, wife to one of Johann Valentin Andrea's good fiends, John Dury.
Here, Robert Boyle entertained some very
important guests, such as Cosimo III de Medici, soon to be
ruler of Florence and grand duke of Tuscany.
For John Locke, commonly thought to have been a member of the Rosicrucians, meeting Boyle inspired him to take a long vacation in Southern France.
He specifically visited Carcassonne, Narbonne, Toulouse, and perhaps even Rennes-le-Chateau.
These were all
important sites in the history of
the Cathars, which Locke was particularly interested in
studying there, as well as the legends in Southern France about
Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail. He even visited Saint Baum,
where Magdalen was supposed to have lived, as well as the graves of
Nostradamus and Ren' d'Anjou. He also consorted, while in France,
with none other than the duchess of Guise.
Boyle published a couple of alchemical texts called Incalescence of Quicksilver with Gold and A Historical Account of the Degradation of Gold.
Then in 1689 he announced in writing that he would no longer entertain guests on certain days that he had scheduled to conduct alchemical experiments, which he described as,
The details of Bayle's experiments were never publicly revealed, but when he died in 1691, he left to his friends John Locke and Isaac Newton all of his papers, as well as an unknown "red powder" which was integral to his experiments - perhaps the same red powder used by previous Priory of Sion Grand Master Nicolas Flamel.