Author Archives: andy1962

The White Coffin

February 1837. With Mulholland catch Andrew Ireland, John Templeton and David Toppen stealing hens. They get  9, 6 and 4 months jail. Andrew Ireland escapes the jail. Some time later there is a theft from Robb and Whittens silversmiths in … Continue reading

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The Widows Last Shilling

1845 August.  Mary Anne Stewart 5 times convicted pickpocket William Walker and James M’Guire are the accomplices.Stole 10 shillings from an old lady as she comes out the Equitable Loan Company. 10 years transportation for Mary and 7 years each … Continue reading

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The Cock and Trumpet

The Cock and Trumpet is an Edinburgh public house where stolen property is exchanged. McLevy walks in on such an exchange. A picture of the door to this public house is found below – the carving of a cock and trumpet … Continue reading

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The Cobblers Knife

1835. William Wright a shoemaker in Fountain Close kills James Imrie after a dream that he is stabbed by the same man. James Imrie is taken to the Royal Infirmary but dies the next morning. Sentanced to 14 years penal … Continue reading

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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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