Obituary Of Dr. Frederick Gordon Brown

Posted: November 9, 2008 in Obituaries

normal_Dr_Gordon_Brown (WinCE)  Dr. Frederick Gordon Brown examined the remains of Catherine Eddowes, murdered by Jack The Ripper on September 30, 1888.


Dr. FREDERICK GORDON BROWN, who practised in the City of London for many years, died at Chigwell, Essex, on January 15th, at the advanced age of 85. He was the son of the late Dr. Thomas Brown, who practised in Wormwood Street, and was born in the city, being educated at Merchant Taylors’ School and St. Thomas’s Hospital. In 1863 he obtained the diplomas L.S.A., M.R.C.S., and L.M. For more than fifty-two years he was a medical officer of the City of London Union, and for over twenty-eight years was surgeon to the City of London Police. He retired in September, 1914, but acted for various younger men during the war in order to release them for war service. He was for some time medical officer in charge of the 7th Royal Fusiliers. Dr. Gordon Brown was a prominent Freemason, being a Past Grand Officer of the Grand Lodge of England. He was also the senior Past Master of the Society of Apothecaries of London, and a former president of the Hunterian Society.

Source: The British Medical Journal, Jan. 21, 1928, page 118

Point To Consider: In his post-mortem report of Catherine Eddowes, Dr. Brown stated that his attention was drawn to the "apron with the string attached" found underneath the Goulston Street Grafitto. Having been a prominent Freemason, he would have known if the apron in question was a Masonic apron. Is it not odd that he has to state that an apron has a string attached to it, and that his attention was "drawn to it?" Masonic aprons have many symbols sewn onto it, and these symbols can also be found on their tracing boards.


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