Richard Whittington-Egan was an author who published many works on two particular themes, the city of Liverpool and meticulously researched ‘true crime’ studies. For anyone interested in Liverpool’s past his two works Liverpool Colonnade (his first published work written in 1955) and Liverpool Roundabout are essential reading, being delightful collections of essays across a wide range of topics and people.
He was born in Liverpool on 22nd October 1924, the son of Irish-born Cyril Whittington Egan and his wife Helen Margaret Zeugheer Hermann (née Barrington). She was the grand-daughter of Jakob Herrman Zeugheer, the first Principal Conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His birth certificate must have been a sizeable document as he was christened Richard Alphonse Bernard Barrington Carrington Whittington-Egan. His father died in 1941 aged just 46. The family spent part of the year in their house in Kensington, London, their Liverpool home being at 34 Princes Park Mansions L8 and then 148 Queens Drive L18.
He attended Stonyhurst College, the famous Jesuit school near Clitheroe and then went on to study medicine. The war curtailed his course and he served in the army in Europe, becoming ill in Italy and having to abandon his medical studies. He turned his attention to writing and worked as a freelance journalist for many publications. His crime works have covered many famous murders of the 20th century and he established himself as an expert on Jack the Ripper with his Casebook of Jack the Ripper .
After the war he lived at 55 Queens Drive L18 later moving to Malvern. He died on 14th September 2016 in Worcester.
The Whittington-Egan family home in the 1930's.
Richard Whittington-Egan's home around 1946.
The Wikipedia entry gives a brief account of his life and usefully lists most of his books. Obituaries appeared in the Times and Daily Telegraph but I have read neither as subscriptions are required. An obituary can be viewed on the website of the Worcester News. There is an interesting critical essay on his work by author Stephen Wade on the Free Library website.
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