Category Archives: Police

John Sutherland, police officer

Officer 1483, John  Sutherland was quite often in McLevy’s team of officers when making arrests. He joined the Edinburgh police on 20 January 1853 aged 25. He was single and previously had been a labourer. The popularly believed master of … Continue reading

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John Gray, Greyfrairs Bobby owner

John Gray, Edinburgh police officer 1487,  is believed to be the owner of Greyfrairs Bobby , the little dog that sat on his grave for 12 years after his premature death of tuberculosis in 1858 aged 45. He was born … Continue reading

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William Mulholland, police officer

William Mulholland is James McLevy’s assistant. He was born about 1802 in Ireland, possibly Armagh, and  joined the Edinburgh police force in the same year as McLevy in May 1830. One of three officers to be recruited that year. In the 1851 … Continue reading

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Henry Littlejohn, police surgeon from 1862

Henry Littlejohn was born 1826 and worked closely with the police in Edinburgh. He certified the death of John Gray the policeman who reputedly owned the famous dog known as Greyfrairs Bobby. James McLevy would consult him on cases for … 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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