1841–1918

Introduction

Born: May 29, 1841, Dub­lin, Ire­land.

Died: No­vem­ber 15, 1918, Ken­sing­ton, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: Ken­sal Green Ce­me­te­ry, Lon­don, Eng­land.

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© National Portrait Gallery

Biography

Robert was the son of so­li­ci­tor Mat­thew An­der­son and Ma­ry Lee.

He was ed­u­cat­ed at Tri­ni­ty Col­lege, Dub­lin (BA 1862, LLD 1875), and be­longed to the Ply­mouth Breth­ren, some­times preach­ing with John Nel­son Da­rby.

He event­u­al­ly went to work with the Home Of­fice. In 1887 he be­came Sec­re­ta­ry of the Pri­son Com­mis­sion­ers, and in 1888 As­sist­ant Com­mis­sion­er of the Cri­mi­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment of Scot­land Yard (this was around the time Jack the Rip­per was ter­ror­iz­ing Lon­don).

In 1901, An­der­son re­tired and was made a Knight Com­mand­er of the Or­der of the Bath.

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