Monthly Archives: July 2012

William Haining, Superintendent of Edinburgh City Police, 1842 to 1848

Captain James Stewart served as Superintendent of Edinburgh City Police until 1842, when he was succeeded by Captain William Haining, a former Metropolitan Police officer.¬†William, the son of a farmer, John Haining, was born near Dumfries in 1802.¬† It is … Continue reading

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Richard Moxey, Superintendent of Edinburgh City Police, 1848 to 1851

Richard John Moxey was born in Haddington, East Lothian in about 1803. He initially was assistant sheriff clerk and was present for the confession of William Burke 3rd January 1829, Edinburgh’s most infamous serial murderer. He married Louisa in 1833 … Continue reading

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Captain James Brown, Superintendent of Edinburgh City Police 1812 to 1822

Captain James Brown died on 8th April 1832 at Parkside House ( ref The Aberdeen Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Wednesday, April 18, 1832; Issue 4397). His start date was 1812 and end date 1822.

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Captain James Stewart, Superintendent of Edinburgh City Police 1828 to 1842

Captain Stewart was in charge when James McLevy was recruited into the night watch and also recognised his potential when he offered to resign in 1833 after a brief illness, promoting him instead. Without Captain Stewart we would not have … Continue reading

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Thomas Linton, Superintendent of Edinburgh City Police 1851 to 1878

Thomas Linton joined the police force early in life and rose through the ranks to become Chief Superintendent in April1851 after the death of Richard Moxey that year. The Forbes MacKenzie Act of 1853 introduced major reforms to drinking in … Continue reading

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