Chevalier O'Rourke aka Aleister Crowley & the Mexican Herald
Unsure what section this should go under. Mountaineer or Secret Agent.. I chose Secret Agent, a bit more mystery.
The post of "Aleister Crowley Declares the Irish Republic and War Against 'England' on July 3, 1915"( http://www.lashtal.com/forum/http://www.lashtal.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=0) and a request for further information on another website, regarding a possible Crowley Gaelic alias, resulted in me being contacted, by Mr. Colin S. MacLeod, from Australia.
Mr. MacLeod frequents LAShTAL and likes to read my "Crowley clippings" posts! 🙂 Thank you for the acknowledgement! Though he is not a member here unfortunately and therefore cannot add the material personally.
He kindly furnished me with a couple of research papers that he had assembled, that brought to light, a previously, little known alias.
Chevalier O'Rourke . The newspaper "The Mexican Herald" is the source of Crowleys forgotten pseudonym and his climbing trips to Mexico . He has copies of the articles, which have been scanned, with the hope of submitting to 100th Monkey Press, for their inclusion on their site.
I asked if I could shared the fruits of his labours with the LAShTAL, in the hope that others could expand upon the possible Irish connection, the "Chevalier O'Rourke" pseudonym and another area for investigation on Leila Waddell. She is descended from Ballybay ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballybay) Waddells, Monnaghan, Ulster, as it happens. Her mother was probably also of Irish descent. He has often wondered, if she performed in Ireland but has yet to find evidence of it.
So if anyone can elaborate on these links, please post here your research or information. Much appreciated.
Mr. Colin S. MacLeod documents, can be downloaded below for a short time.
The Chevalier O'Rourke
Obituary of Waddell, Leila Ida (1880–1932) from Sydney Morning Herald
Father David Waddell and mother Mary Gertrude Crane.
May I ask if anything further has come of this research?
FWIW, Leila Waddell's family was from Tullycorbet, County Monaghan, Ireland which as you point out is in Ulster, one of the three Ulster counties to join the Irish free state rather than Northern Ireland after independence. Her grandfather emigrated around 1842; her father David was born in new South Wales.
Assuming that one doesn't consider her Maori, then her mother Mary Crane Waddell's family (according to Mary Crane's birth certificate as posted on ancestry.com) is English; another history lists her mother's father's place of birth as "Coventry, Warwickshire, England," and his wife (surname McKenzie) from "Fort William, Inverness-shire, Scotland"
I was wondering if anyone still had copies of these pdfs they would be willing to share. I am doing a timeline for Crowley's period in Mexico, attempting to resolve the discrepancies between the reported times for the reception of the two lowest Aethyrs. Tobias Churton gives this subject quite a bit of coverage in his recent Crowley biography Aleister Crowley in America.