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Infamous Jimmy Page and Aleister Crowley Manor Destroyed By Fire

12/24/2015
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The infamous manor is the Scottish Highlands near Loch Ness that was once owned by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and occultist Aleister Crowley was reportedly destroyed by a fire on Wednesday (December 23).

Fire crews brought the fire at the manor, known as Boleskine House, under control after seven hours of fighting the blaze after arriving on the scene at approximately 1:40PM local time, according to the Newmarket Journal. 60% of the building had already been consumed by the fire by the time that the crews arrived.

The Led Zeppelin guitarist owned Boleskine House from 1970 until 1992 and purchased the property due to his fascination with Crowley, who died in 1947 at the age of the 73.

Known during his lifetime as "the wickedest man in the world," the occultist ties to music includes being one of the figures featured on The Beatles' "Sgt Pepper" album cover and he was also the inspiration for the classic Ozzy Osbourne song "Mr. Crowley," which appeared on his landmark "Blizzard of Ozz" album.

Page told Rolling Stone in 2012 that his fascination with Crowley had been greatly misunderstood and taken out of context. He said, "It's taken out of all proportion. There was a balance to it. I wouldn't be here now if there hadn't been.

"The essence of this is I read a [1951] book called The Great Beast: The Life of Aleister Crowley by John Symonds. I could have been 14, 15. It was intended as a defamatory book, but there was a bibliography, and I was curious enough to read some of the books Crowley had written. It wasn't the only thing that I was tracking down as source material."

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