McLevy Timeline

A list of events in Mclevy’s life

  • 1796 James McLevy is born in Ballymacnab to John and Catherine
  • 1809 apprentice weaver
  • 1813 works in Gatehouse of Fleet linen mill
  • 1815 becomes a labourer for a builder
  • 1820 Superintendent of police signed off wages for fictitious police officers ( Glasgow Herald 1820 July 17)
  • 1830 becomes a night watchman
  • 1833 appointed criminal officer number 1
  • 1834 Mulholland and McLevy catch thieves. In three weeks they have caught 70 thieves. ( The Scotsman 9 Aug 1834)
  • 1845 Mar 19 – McLevy and Laidlaw recover two webs of linen ( The Scotsman 19 March 1845)
  • 1845 Apr 12 – McLevy goes to court to get £5 reward for a watch ( The Scotsman 12 Apr 1845)
  • 1845 Aug 30 – Blacksmith’s house in Blackfriars Wynd robbed. Mulholland captures one, McLevy the other ( The Scotsman 30 Aug 1845, page 3)
  • 1848 Feb 9 – McLevie wages increased from 25 shillings a week to 30 shillings ( The Scotsman 9 Feb 1848)
  • 1848 Feb – Moxey appointed interim superintendent, much unhappiness from town council about police organisation ( The Scotsman 9 Feb 1848)
  • 1849 Feb 28 McLevy has been severely ill for some time, and the council voted him a gratuity.(Scotsman 29 Oct 1849, page 2)
  • 1850 Oct 19 – McLevy and Laidlaw recover combs to the value of 30 shillings
  • 1851 Oct – 3 female pickpockets captured by McLevy and Shaw (Scotsman 29 Oct 1851, page 3)
  • 1852 Sept – complaint against McLevy dismissed ( The Scotsman 11 Sep1852, page 4)
  • 1860 May 30 – town council agrees McLevy can be relived from ordinary duty and retained on the force for £1, 1 shilling a week (Scotsman 30 May 1860, page 4)
  • 1860 December 21 – Curiosities of Crime in Edinburgh during the last 30 years published with a portrait for 2 shillings
  • 1861 McLevy joins Carrubber’s close mission which has members made up from many churches and practices outreach. It concentrates on evangelism, Bible teaching and alleviating suffering amongst the poor, the ill and those prone to addiction
  • 1870 Mary McLevy dies
  • 1871 James Mclevy lives at 1 the Mint with his niece Mary Rodgers
  • 1873 James Mclevy lives at 5 South Richmond Street and dies there. His death certificate mentions his wife Rosa O’Neill.

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