A “Stalker” for Queen Victoria

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Few outside of Victorian scholars know much of Queen Victoria’s “stalker.” Edward “the Boy” Jones was quite adept at sneaking into Victoria’s most private apartments. Born in 1824, Edward Jones became fascinated with Victoria when she was but a young queen. He often infiltrated Buckingham Palace to observe Queen Victoria going about her daily business. Within five months, Jones’s “fascination” became an “obsession.” He took to breaking into the queen’s quarters, ransacking her bedrooms at Buckingham. Accused of stealing from the Palace, including undergarments, Jones stood trial at the Westminster Sessions; however, he was acquitted.

Buckingham Palace c.  1837 with the Marble  Arch in its original  position. Public Domain - Wikipedia File:Buckingham Palace engraved by J.Woods after Hablot Browne & R.Garland publ 1837 edited.jpg

Buckingham Palace c.
1837 with the Marble
Arch in its original
position. Public Domain – Wikipedia File:Buckingham Palace engraved by J.Woods after Hablot Browne & R.Garland publ 1837 edited.jpg

His brush with the law did not dissuade Jones. In December 1840, the palace guards captured him hiding under a sofa in Victoria’s bedroom, where he spied upon the Queen and Prince Albert. Tried before the Privy Council, Jones was sentenced to three months in prison.

Within days of his release, Jones was caught in the Picture Gallery of the Palace, eating meat and potatoes stolen from the Royal Kitchen. “There was a wild criticism in the press regarding the safety of the Royal Palace of Britain, and while people around the nation theorized multiple conjectures as to how the cunning teen had found his way into the Palace despite the strict guardianship of the security, Boy Jones simply maintained that he had got in through an unguarded basement window.” [Historic Mysteries

Fearing the worst for the Queen, Lord Melbourne had the youth abducted and transferred to Brazil. When Jones attempted a return to England, he was again kidnapped and forced into servitude with the Royal Navy. He twice attempted to escape, but failed, and he was eventually reduced to a mere slave of the Crown. Fearing bad publicity if anyone discovered Jones’ fate, the Queen had him released in 1848.

Even so, Boy Jones did not change his ways. He was arrested for burglary and deported to Freemantle in Australia. He found his way back to England in 1857, where he was arrested again for thievery.

“In 1868, a newspaper reported that the new Minister of Public Works in Victoria, Mr. Jones, was actually the brother of the same notorious Boy Jones, who was arrested for trespassing and theft on multiple occasions. In response to Sir Henry Lucy’s article in a magazine, a civilian came forth with the information that Boy Jones had now found his job as a town crier in Perth, Western Australia.

“On 26 December 1893, a certain Thomas Jones was found dead underneath the Mitchell River Bridge, after falling from the bridge on getting severely drunk. According to the Bairnsdale Advertiser, this was the same Boy Jones.” [Historic Mysteries]

“THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BOY JONES: Among those who had closely spectated Edward Jones, he was the shy, introvert, allergic-to-work kind of fellow, a complete loner and a heartless wretch with no affection even for his own parents. According to writer Jan Bondeson from the Fortean Times Magazine, Jones may have been a sufferer of Schizoid personality, a behavioral disorder which causes someone to become emotionally cold and detached. The victim may also develop a special attraction for someone of the opposite gender, and under the misconception that the said person is giving in to the victim’s advances, the victim may even take up to stalking. Perhaps Boy Jones suffered from this disorder, perhaps not. But one thing is for certain. The mysterious ways one of the first celebrity stalkers is sure to bewilder your minds.” [Historic Mysteries]

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9 Responses to A “Stalker” for Queen Victoria

  1. Gerri Bowen says:

    I had never heard about this stalker. Very interesting., Regina.

  2. chasbaz says:

    Fascinating detail! Of course, this is a problem experienced by many prominent people.

  3. He would have fitted in quite well here in Australia, had he married and procreated his descendants would definitely now be considered high society. My wife’s a 5th generation Australian unfortunately the first were free settlers from Scotland so we and our children are part of the hoi polloi. Not one convict to grace our name 😦

  4. Nancy Ewart says:

    There is a charming movie called “The Mudlark” with Alec Guinness playing Disraeli that’s a very romanticized version of this.

    • Oooh, I forgot about that film. I must rematch that one. I can’t recall enough of the details of the film to recognize the similarities, but it will be fun to revisit this piece afterwards. Thanks for sharing, Nancy.

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