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Dr. Morgan Davies

Dr. Morgan Davies was the medic who was accused by R.D.Stephenson of being the murderer with a graphic description of his re-enactment of the murders in Stephenson's presence.
According to the account furnished by Stephenson on 26 December 1888, he gives the following alleged information about Davies:
- Stephenson and Davies discussed the murders almost nightly when Stephenson was a patient at the London Hospital
- Davies opined that the murderer was impotent without some strong sexual stimulus such as sodomy, which he alleged the murdered performed on his victims.
- Stephenson says he was a woman hater
- Stephenson describes him as a man of powerful build
- The enactment took place in the presence of five doctors when Davies acted out sodomy on an imaginary victim, then cutting her throat from behind and mutilating the body in a frenzy.
- Davies was superficially calm immediately after this re-enactment, albeit his face was very pale.
- Stephenson alleges that he was informed by the editor of the Pall Mall Gazette that Mary Kelly was sodomised.
- According to Stephenson, Davies was a House Physician at the London Hospital.
- Davies had recently acquired a house in Castle Street, Houndsditch.
- Stephenson alleges that Davies said if things did not work out in his new home, he intended settling in Australia.
What can we learn about Davies apart from what Stephenson tells us?
Date of birth: All sources I have consulted agree that Davies was born in 1854 which means that at the time of the murders he would have been 34 years old.
Place of birth: Herein lies a problem. The A-Z says that Davies was born and bred in Whitechapel and indeed the 1881 census and the 1901 census both say that he was born in Whitechapel. However, the 1891 census says that he was born in Llanwyrygan, Cardigan in Wales. Certainly his name is strongly Welsh. Looking at the birth records for 1854 under his name we find:
1st Quarter (Jan-March)
Davies, Morgan registered in Llandilofawr (Reference 11a 510)
2nd Quarter (Apr-June)
No possible matches
3rd Quarter (July-September)
No possible matches
4th Quarter
Davies, Morgan registered in Llanfyl (illegible) (Reference 11b 731)
So, in short, for 1854 there are two, among the Morgan Davies entries, with a Llan.... registration district but no entry at all for Whitechapel. We must also remember that Davies' future wife was born and brought up in Cardigan (see below for marriage details)
Census entries:
In the 1881 census, Morgan Davies was 27 years old, still unmarried and was living at 37-38 Great Alie Street, Whitechapel and described as a Surgeon and Physician, specifically a House Surgeon. This unnamed institution (the census data gives only an address) was obviously considerable as it lists over 140 medical and domestic staff and over 560 patients. But I have yet to find out under what title this sizeable institution went. The head of this institution was one Thomas Peters.
By the 1891 census, Davies is listed as a 37 year old married man and has set up his own household. His address is given as 5-9 Goring Street, Aldgate and his occupation is that of Registered General Practitioner. His wife's details are that she was called Margaret Davies, was 33 years of age and born in Cardigan.
There are two others listed in the household:
Jane E Julian , his step-daughter aged 8, born in Bow.
Ann M Evans, his niece, aged 15, born in Cardigan.
By the time of the 1901 census, the 47 year old Davies had moved to 10 Goring Street, just over the road from his 1891 address. He is described as a medical practitioner and the others in his household are as follows:
His wife Margaret aged 42, born in Llanshipstead, Cardigan and three children. These were a daughter (first name unknown) aged 9 born in St Botolph Aldgate, a son of 5 named Geraint, and another son aged 3 named Georgeon, both also born in St Botolph Aldgate. There was one servant named Alice Draper, aged 21, born in Kennington, London.
For reference, Goring Street is a very short thoroughfare very close to Mitre Square, which runs between Bevis Marks and Houndsditch.
From the census data, it is apparent that Morgan Davies married certainly between the 1881 and 1891 censuses and probably between late 1888 and 1891, if Stephenson's account is to be believed in his descriptions of Davies' attitudes to women.
There is only one marriage record during this period of an individual named Morgan Davies marrying a spouse whose first name was Margaret. this was registered in London City (which included St Botolph Aldgate) in June 1890 and shows that Morgan Davies married a Margaret Julian. Also listed on the entry is a Frank Mercer, who presumably was the witness.
Looking at Davies' spouse, prior to their marriage, in the 1881 census, the only Margaret Julian of appropriate age and place of birth is a married woman living in Aberystwyth. She was married to David Julian, a grocer, and they lived at 8 Princess Street, Aberystwyth, Cardigan. They had one child named Sarah Rowland Julian who was 3 weeks old at the time of the census. This marriage must have produced at least one other child as Morgan Davies, in the 1891 data, is listed as having a step daughter called Jane E Julian aged 8 who was born in Bow.

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