Category Archives: Victorian Detectives

Sergeant John William Reimers

It is a real pleasure, for the first time, to host  a guest writer on this blog. The following informative article written by David Craig unearths some very interesting information about another  Detective at Scotland Yard in the mid-Victorian era: … Continue reading

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Detective Inspector George Clarke of Scotland Yard and the murky world of defence procurement in the 1860s

Two weeks after the death in December 1868 of the long-standing Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Richard Mayne, one of the small team of detectives at Scotland Yard, Detective Inspector George Clarke, found himself handling a crime that was linked to … Continue reading

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Detective Chief Inspector George Clarke and the Irish Ambulance Corps; October 1870

Between 1865 and 1868, a resurgence of  republicanism within the British- and American- Irish communities saw the development of various plots and schemes to promote the establishment of Ireland as an independent democratic republic.  The groups and individuals adopting this … Continue reading

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The London Metropolitan Police and the Congress of Berlin 1878; Some Unanswered Questions

My research interest in  Victorian detectives at Scotland Yard has recently led me to a couple of blind alleys, both of which have some potential links with the 1878 Congress of Berlin.  This conference, under the chairmanship  of the German Chancellor, Otto … Continue reading

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Scotland Yard Detectives in the Victorian Era; Online and other Digitised Resources

As is clear from several of my blog posts, one of my principal research interests is the history of the Scotland Yard Detective Department during the mid-Victorian period;  from its establishment in 1842 until the creation of the Criminal Investigation … Continue reading

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The Senior Detectives at Scotland Yard, 1869; Inspector Nathaniel Druscovich

This is the last of my short-series of blog posts on the subject of the senior detectives based at Scotland Yard in  mid-Victorian London.  The series ends with one of the most charismatic yet puzzling characters: Nathaniel Druscovich. Nathaniel Druscovich … Continue reading

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The Senior Detectives at Scotland Yard, 1869; Inspector William Palmer

This article is the penultimate one in the short series of blog posts that I have written about the senior detectives based at Scotland Yard on 12 May 1869. At that time, the first significant increase  was made to the … Continue reading

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The Senior Detectives at Scotland Yard, 1869; Chief Inspector George Clarke

Today, I continue my short reviews of the senior detectives at Scotland Yard during the mid-Victorian era. George Clarke was one of my great-great grandfathers and is the principal reason why I became interested in Victorian crime detection. In May … Continue reading

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The Senior Detectives at Scotland Yard, 1869; Chief Inspector James J. Thomson

In a recent blog post I mentioned that I would provide pen-pictures of the senior detectives in post at Scotland Yard in 1869, a time of considerable change in the structure of the Detective Department and in the number of … Continue reading

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On this Day: 12th May 1869; The Rise of ‘Dolly’ Williamson and the Scotland Yard Detectives

On 12th May 1869, Chief Inspector Adolphus (‘Dolly’) Williamson was promoted to Superintendent and head of an expanded Detective Department at Scotland Yard. At the same time, the man who was to become Williamson’s deputy, Inspector George Clarke, was promoted … Continue reading

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