Birth: 11 August 1861

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Welton cum Melton, Yorkshire

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 22 December 1948 - Aged 87

Place or Registered Place of Death: Chelsea, London

Father: Thomas Bradley Paget

Mother: Sophia Beckett Denison

Spouse(s): Jocelyn Home Thomson

Date of Marriage: 1886 - March Quarter

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Sculcoates, East Riding, Yorkshire


The Times - December 31, 1948
Mrs. Mabel S. Thomson
The name of Mabel S. Thomson, who died in London on December 22, as already briefly reported, is connected with the first Christian Science services to be held publicly in the British Isles in 1896.

Mrs. Thomson had been one of half-a-dozen people who had met for Christian Science services in Mrs. Blanche Ward's home near Baker Street until increasing numbers encouraged them to hire one of the Portman Rooms. In 1903, the site of the old Wesley Chapel in Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, was purchased and Mrs. Thomson was elected chairman of the building committee. She served as First Reader in the Wesley Chapel while the first half of First Church of Christ, Scientist, London, was being built, and she continued in the new building which was completed in 1907. She was president of the church when the building was dedicated in 1909 with the whole of the liabilities, amounting to upwards of £80,000, met.

She was Mabel Sophia, daughter of Canon Thomas Bradley Paget, vicar of Welton, Yorkshire, and she married Captain Jocelyn Thomson, R.A., a son of the late Archbishop William Thomson. She became one of the first teachers of Christian Science in this country, and thus made her chief contribution to the movement. Confidence in Mrs. Thomson's ability was markedly shown by the Christian Science board of directors when in 1919 they appointed her English representative on a committee to inquire into the welfare of Christian Science in the whole field. It had been evident when, during the 1914-18 war. they appointed her chairman of a war relief committee for Great Britain and Ireland.

It was said that Mrs. Thomson had more of the qualities of the masculine than of the feminine mind, and as the years went by her sympathies deepened and her students noticed the mellowing of a character of which the emphasis had been intellectual. All her life she had a broad interest in art, music, and books. -She wrote often for the Christian Science Monitor, and these contributions, with other writings, were published in 1944 in a book entitled "Grist from My Mill." Mrs. Thomson wrote also for the other Christian Science periodicals.


1881 Census:

Welton Hall, Welton, Yorkshire
Thomas B. Paget - Head - 69 - Canon of York, Vicar of Welton - Grendon, Warwickshire
Sophia B. Paget - Wife - 59 - Doncaster, Yorkshire
Agnes M. Paget - Daughter - Single - 28 - Welton, Yorkshire
Mabel S. Paget - Daughter - Single - Welton, Yorkshire

1911 Census:

11 Burton Court SW, London
Mabel Sophia Thomson - Head - Widow - 48 - 1863 - Christian Science Practitioner - Weslton, E. Yorkshire
Ralph Beckett Scholfield - Nephew - Single - 25 - 1886 - Underwriter at Lloyds - Sandhall, E. Yorkshire

Mabel Sophia Paget