Un día del año 1886, cuando el doctor William Wynn Westcott echaba un vistazo a un puesto de de Farringdon Street, dio con varios manuscritos que despertaron su . Estaban escritos en clave, pero supuso que tenían cierta relación con algo mágico y los .
The primary creator of the G.D., the man whose brainchild it actually was, was Dr William Wynn Westcott (1848 1925), a physician and London coroner interested in occultism. Westcott was a Master Mason and the Secretary General of the . His associates were Dr William Robert Woodman (1828 1891) and Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers (1854 1918). A different account of the foundation of the Order tells us it was initially founded by Westcott and Woodman, with Mathers being asked to join them later.
From Cipher to Enigma: The Role of William Wynn Westcott in the Creation of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Published in Secrets of the Golden Dawn Cypher Manuscript.