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Thomas Herbert Noyes


Civil servant and spiritualist. BA, Oxford, 1849. Entered Lincoln’s Inn in 1853. Worked in the office of the secretary of state for the Home Office; retired by 1871. Justice of the peace for Sussex. Found guilty of libel in 1878; in the course of the trial, he stated that he had been ‘charged with lunacy, being a spiritualist and planchette writer’. Committed to Broadmoor asylum by 1891. Author of Hymns of modern man.


Alum. Oxon.

BMD (Death index)

Census returns of England and Wales 1871 (The National Archives: Public Record Office RG10/82/66/9), 1891 (RG12/1008/75/10)

England, select births and christenings, 1538–1975 (, accessed 6 October 2017)

letter from T. H. Noyes, 19 November 1878

Old Bailey Proceedings Online, August 1878, trial of Thomas Herbert Noyes (60) (t18780806-665),, version 7.2 (accessed 1 August 2017)


Alum. Oxon.: Alumni Oxonienses: the members of the University of Oxford, 1500–1886: … with a record of their degrees. Being the matriculation register of the university. Alphabetically arranged, revised, and annotated by Joseph Foster. 8 vols. London and Oxford: Parker & Co. 1887–91.

BMD: General Register Office, England and Wales civil registration indexes. England & Wales birth index, 1837–1983. England and Wales marriage index, 1837–1983. England and Wales death index, 1837–1983. Online database. Provo, Utah: The Generations Network. 2006.