Robert Anderson (Scotland Yard official)

Robert Anderson (Scotland Yard Official)

Robert Anderson (Scotland Yard official)

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Sir Robert Anderson KCB (29 May 1841 – 15 November 1918) was the second Assistant Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, from 1888 to 1901. He was also an intelligence officer, theologian and writer.

Early life and education

Anderson was born in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, Ireland. His father, Matthew Anderson, was Crown Solicitor, a distinguished elder in the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, and of Ulster Scots descent. He described himself as "an anglicized Irishman of Scottish extraction".Anderson, R., Redemption Truths, Introduction by Wiersbe, W., Kregel 1980, ISB0-8254-2131-4, page vi

On leaving school, Anderson began a business apprenticeship in a large brewery, but after eighteen months he decided not to go into business and left. After studying in Boulogne-sur-Mer and Paris, he entered Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1862, and in 1863 was called to the Irish Bar. He received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Trinity College in 1875.

Legal and secret service career

Anderson began to practise as a barrister. However, in 1865 his father showed him papers relating to the trials of Fenians and he too became involved in the operations against them, becoming the foremost expert on them and operations against them. In 1868, he was called to London, following the murder of a policeman in Manchester during a Fenian jailbreak in September 1867 and the bombing of Clerkenwell Gaol in another rescue attempt...
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