Descendant of a well-know British family, James Ingall Wedgwood was attracted by Masonry, even as a child. At the turn of the 20th century he was initiated to the highest degrees of the Scottish Rite, of the Egyptian Rite of Memphis-Misraïm by John Yarker, and of Martinism by Theodor Reuss.

Later, he joined the Theosophical Society, and became one of its prominent worker in England. He also helped to spread Le Droit Humain, a French Masonic obedience open both to women and men, that, at the time, was supported by that Society. Simultaneously, he worked to develop a new Masonic Egyptian Rite, based on a new Masonic doctrine and ceremonial magic. This effort was destroyed during World War II.

After joining the British Mission of the Old Catholic Church, headed by Archbishop Arnold Matthew, Wedgwood was elevated to the Episcopate, and elected as its Presiding Bishop. During three trips around the world, partially financed by Masonry, partly by himself, Bishop Wedgwood spread a Larger View of Religion that resulted in the foundation of The Liberal Catholic Church.

Bishop Wedgwood established a center in Holland, that became for a time, the focus of the work of the Liberal Catholic Church in Europ. In later years, Bishop Wedgwood's health deteriorated, he retired and ended his life in Tekels Park, Camberley, Surrey, England.