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Edward Ingram Watkin (1888-1981) was an English writer. A convert to Catholicism in 1908, he founded in 1936 with Eric Gill and Donald Attwater the inter-war Catholic pacifist movement Pax[1]. This movement was prominently supported by Dorothy Day[2].



He was educated at St Paul's School, London and New College, Oxford[3]. He publicly opposed conscription in 1916[4], a position he upheld in his 1939 pamphlet The Crime of Conscription.


His maternal grandfather was Herbert Ingram; Edward Watkin was a great-uncle on his father’s side[5].


  • Some Thoughts on Catholic Apologetics: A Plea for Interpretation (1915)
  • A Little Book of Prayers for Peace (1916)
  • The Philosophy of Mysticism (1920)
  • The Bow in the Clouds: An Essay Towards the Integration of Experience (1931)
  • A Philosophy of Form (1935)
  • Theism, Agnosticism And Atheism (1936)
  • Men and Tendencies (1937)
  • The Crime of Conscription (1939)
  • The Catholic Center (1939)
  • Catholic Art and Culture (1942)
  • Praise of Glory (1943)
  • The Balance of Truth (1943)
  • Poets and Mystics (1953)
  • Neglected Saints (1955)
  • Roman Catholicism in England from the Reformation to 1950 (1957)
  • The Church in Council (1960)


  • Magdalen Goffin, The Watkin Path: An Approach to Belief, biography by his daughter.


  1. ^ Patrick G. Coy, A Revolution of the Heart: Essays on the Catholic Worker, p.76.
  2. ^ Catholic Worker Movement - DorothyDay
  3. ^ Joseph Pearce, Literary Converts (1999), p. 39.
  4. ^ PDF, p. 173
  5. ^ The Early History of the Illustrated London News


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