William Magrath

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William Magrath (1838-1918).

Irish-American watercolour painter, who visited England and Ireland for six months in late 1888, having a studio at 57 Bedford Gardens, Kensington.[1]

The Chief Constable's Special Branch Register contains the following entries:[2]

  • "McGrath, William - suspicious Irishman at 57 Bedford Gardens"
  • "McGrath, William - said to be connected to Whitechapel murders".


  1. Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, p. 25 (December 1889) (available at Google Books); The Post Office London Directory for 1889, p. 177. Magrath sailed from Liverpool for New York, arriving on 22 December 1888 (Microfilm roll: M237_528; line: 47; list number: 1690).
  2. Lindsay Clutterbuck, An Accident of History? The Evolution of Counter Terrorism Methodology in the Metropolitan Police from 1829 to 1901, With Particular Reference to the Influence of Extreme Irish Nationalist Activity, p. 264 (University of Portsmouth, Ph. D. Thesis, 2002).