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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 … Continue reading

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Night Duty 1856

On 23rd August 1856 all 6 Criminal Officers other then McLevy were assigned to night shift to work with plain clothes officers. Why McLevy was excused night duty is unknown although in his introduction to his first book he offers … Continue reading

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Ragged Schools

In 1818 John Pounds a Plymouth shoemaker started the idea of ragged schools a form of free education for working class children. Mary Carpenter continued these ideas in Bristol becoming the first female to present a paper to the Royal … 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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A Want Spoils Perfection

January 1850 watches stolen in Arbroath. Police Superintendent Richard Moxey asks McLevy to keep an eye out. Some time passes, and in Smith’s Close two me are apprehended – Alexander Clark and James Mitchell. They are sent to Dundee. Information … 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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