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PC Edwin Adsett Edinburgh City Police

PC Edwin Adsett's 1911 Medal

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

PC Edwin Adsett

 

Edwin Miles Adsett was born between April and June 1881 in Petworth in the County of Sussex. His father was James Adsett, a Farmer and his mother, Anne Miles or Adsett.

 

In the Census of 1891, the family consisting of Ann Adsett, (44) a Widow living on her own means at North End Cottages in Petworth in West Sussex and her daughters Flora, (20), and Alice, (17) and her sons, Walter, (12), Edwin, (10) and her Grand-son, Arthur, (5 months).

 

The next record I found was the Edinburgh City Police Weekly Record of 8 February 1910 which records under ‘Appointments’ that “PC 503 (B) Edwin Adsett” joined the force that day.

 

He did not get off to the best start in his career because the Weekly Record of 19 July 1910 records under ‘Punishments’ that “(On) 16 July 16, PC 503 Edwin Adsett (was) Reprimanded for failing to patrol his beat and found asleep.”

 

Curiously enough, on that same Weekly Record, the appointment of PC 227 John M. (McDonald) McLeod is also recorded. His medals can be seen below.

 

On 28 October 1910, Edwin Adsett, (31), a Police Constable, married Margaret Kininmonth Plenderleith, (38) at 25 Dunrobin Place, Edinburgh “After Banns according to the Forms of the United Free Church of Scotland.”

 

In the Census of 1911, living at 25 Dunrobin Place, Edinburgh are Alexander Raeburn, (56) a Widower, his Step-son David Plenderleith, (40), his Step-daughter, Margaret Adsett, (38), and his Son-in-law, Edwin Adsett, (31) and a Police Constable.

 

The Weekly Record of 28 December 1915 records under ‘Awards for Meritorious Conduct’ that “PC 503 Edwin Adsett (was) Commended for courageous conduct in stopping a runaway horse.”

 

The Edinburgh Corporation Valuation Roll for 1915 -1916 records Edwin Miles Adsett as the ‘Tenant/Occupier’ of 25 Dunrobin Place, Edinburgh. The same information is recorded in the Valuation Roll for 1920-1921.

 

The Weekly record for 6 April 1926 records under ‘Punishments’ that “PC 349 Edwin Adsett (was) Reduced to 2nd Class for twelve months for neglect of duty in failing to take prompt and diligent action to secure the arrest of a man.”

 

Three years later, on 24 March 1929, Superintendent A. Finlay Low, ‘B’ Division, Gayfield Square, Edinburgh wrote the following to the Chief Constable:

 

 

“With reference to Constable 349 Edwin Adsett who has over 19 years’ service, Supt. A. Finlay Low respectfully begs to report that since his punishment on 30 March 1926, when he was reduced to 2nd Class for twelve months, Adsett’s conduct has been good. He has also been zealous and efficient in the discharge of his duties. Having regard to this and that three years have elapsed since his last default, the Superintendent respectfully begs  to recommend his advancement on 30th.inst., to 1st Good Conduct Class.

 

It is respectfully suggested that this report be forwarded to the Chief Constable for his information.

 

To the Chief Constable Submitted 24-3-1929 (Signed A. Finlay Low, Supt.”

 

 

The Weekly Record of 29 March 1929 records his restoration to 1st Class from 1 April 1929.

 

The next entry is the Weekly Record of 27 March 1934 when he was advanced from 1st Good Conduct Class to 2nd Good Conduct Class.

PC 349 B Edwin Adsett in 1922 wearing the medal shown above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edwin Miles Adsett retired From Edinburgh City Police as PC 66 B on 12 February 1940 aged 58.

 

Margaret Adsett, (78) died at 25 Dunrobin Place, Edinburgh on 24 February 1951.  Edwin Adsett registered her death.

 

Edwin Miles Adsett, (74) was found dead at the same address on 2 June 1961. He was last seen alive the previous day. His death was registered by his Executor.

 

A Procurator Fiscal’s Precognition on 28 June 1961 decided that “Edwin Miles Adsett, (79) had died of Carbon Monoxide (Coal Gas) poisoning. 

 

I have found no record of any person called Adsett being born in Edinburgh from 1910 onwards. 

PS John Archibald Edinburgh City Police

PS John Archibald's 1911 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police 

 

PS John Archibald 

 

 

 

 

 

John Archibald was born at Woodside of Blairno in the Parish of Lethnot and Navar in the County of Angus on 20 July, 1858.

 

In 1861, when he was 2, according to the Census, he was still at Blairno with his mother, father, older sister and younger brother.

 

By 1871, he was 12, a Cattle Boy and the only child living with his mother and father, still at ‘Blairno Cottar’s House’.

 

He joined Edinburgh City Police on 8 June 1880 as PC 563.

 

In 1881, he was living as Boarder, single and a “Policeman” at 9 Crichton Street, Edinburgh.

 

He got off to a bad start in 1881, according to “Conduct Book 4” of Edinburgh City Police which has the following recorded next to his name:

 

Date

 

Remarks

Disposal

August 15, 1881

 

For being 20 minutes late in parading for duty

 

Cautioned

August 27, 1881

For being found coming out of a Public House when on duty

 

Reprimanded

 

 

 

On 1 December 1882, at 15 Forth Street, Edinburgh, he married Jean Ann Stott, a Domestic Servant at the same address. Her employer, the Reverend Cornelius Giffen, Minister of St Mary’s Parish, Church of Scotland, performed the service.

 

Marriage seems to have been good for him because there are no other discipline matters in his record.

 

The “Weekly Record” of Edinburgh City Police on 12 April 1904 states that:

 

 

Award for Meritorious Conduct

 

PC 563 John Archibald Awarded 10/- (£0.50p) for courageous conduct in stopping a runaway horse.

 

 

The Weekly Record of 10 December 1907 records that:

 

"PC 554 John Archibald promoted to 3rd Class Sergeant, PS 63 and transferred to "D" Division vice PS Duguid transferred to Station Duty."

 

In the Census of 1911, John was a Police Sergeant, he and Jane had been married for 29 years, had six children together, five of whom were still alive. They were living in 34 Caledonian Crescent just off Dalry Road, Edinburgh.

 

There were two other Edinburgh Police officers living with their families in the same tenement.

 

He was working in what was then “D” Division but later became “C” after Beat Boxes were introduced in 1933. It was always known as the “West End” whichever letter was used.

 

In the “Weekly Record” of 16 June 1914 the following is recorded:

 

 

Retired on Pension

 

PS 62 John Archibald

 

 

On 12 April 1928, John Archibald, (69), Retired Sergeant of Police, died at 34 Caledonian Crescent, Edinburgh. Jean Ann Archibald, (83), died on 16 April, 1939, at 9 Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh.

 

PS John Archibald in 1909 wearing a Beat Duty Helmet & his 1903 medal:

PC 422 C David Manson Bain Edinburgh City Police

PC 422 C David Manson Bain in 1922

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal, 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal, 1911



Edinburgh City Police

 

PC David Manson Bain

 

David Manson Bain was born on 12 May 1875 in Thurso in Caithness.

 

His occupation was ‘Labourer’ before he joined Edinburgh City Police on 15 December 1896. He was posted to A Division (Central Police Office) with the collar number 191.

 

In the Census of 1901, David Manson Bain was living as a lodger at 39 Barony Street (off Broughton Street), Edinburgh.

 

“On 21 March, 1902, at 35 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, by Declaration in the presence of George Smith, Traveller and Mary Charlotte McLean, 3 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, David Manson Bain, (26), married Mary Agnes Smith, (22) under Warrant of the Sheriff-Substitute of Lothians and Peebles dated 21 March, 1902.”

 

Marriage ‘by Declaration’ is no longer possible in Scotland.

 

Either before the marriage or just after it, John Bain was born that day at 5 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh at 10.00am. He was named after his Paternal Grandfather. The couple had one more son and three daughters, all of whom were alive at the Census of 1911. 

 

He held the number 258 B before transferring to D Division (The West End) as PC 481.

 

In the weekly Record of 25 November, 1913, “PC 481 David Bain (was transferred) From “D” to “C” Division Morningside Police Station as PC 422 C.”

 

He retired on a Medical Discharge Pension on 28 January 1928. To mark the occasion, he was presented with a pocket watch by his colleagues. The watch is inscribed:

 

 

“Edinr City Police

Presented to

David Bain

By Officers & Men C Division

As a mark of esteem

On his Retiral

After

31 Years’ Service

Jany 1928”

 

 

On 25 February, 1958 at 201 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, David Manson Bain, (82), died. His daughter, ‘M Baikie’ registered his death.

 

Mary Agnes Smith or Bain, (81), died at the same address on 25 April, 1962. The same daughter registered her death too.

 

 

The medals of PC David Manson Bain Edinburgh City Police
Inscription on watch presented to PC David Manson Bain on his retirement from Edinburgh City Police

PS John Augustus Beddie Edinburgh City Police

PS John Augustus Beddie's Defence Medal & Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medals

The Defence Medal 

The Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal 

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

PS John Augustus Beddie

 

 

  

These medals come with the original addressed box for the Defence Medal and the original box for the Police LS & GC.

 

This pair of medals came with an Edinburgh City Special Constabulary Medal 1919 and a King George V Special Constabulary Medal to J.A. Beddie's uncle, John Sinclair Beddie.

 

To see those medals in the Special Constabulary in Scotland section, please click here .

 

John Augustus Beddie was born 8 February 1908 in 11 Merchiston Crescent, Edinburgh. His father was James Augustus Beddie, a Brassfounder and his mother, Isabella Edwards or Beddie. His parents were married on 31 December 1906 in Edinburgh.


In the Census of 1911, John Beddie, (3) was living at 11 Merchiston Crescent with his father, (38), his mother, 40) and his Grand-mother, Mary Anne Beddie, (77).


The Weekly Record (WR) of Edinburgh City Police dated 14 January 1930 shows John Augustus Beddie’s appointment as PC 17(HQ) on that date.it seems from later documents that he was appointed into Headquarters Aliens Department.


I am assuming that John Beddie had either a good education or good contacts because in the WR dated 8 April 1930 it is stated “PC Beddie transferred from Aliens Department to Chief Constable’s Office.”


The WR dated 9 June 1931 in a series of transfers shows “PC 17 John A. Beddie (transferred) from C.C’s Office to Charge Office, vice PC Marshall.” PC Marshall having been transferred from Charge Office to C.I.D.


In the WR dated 7 February 1933 under ‘Divisional Transfers’, the following is written:

 

DIVISIONAL TRANSFERS

 

PC 463 Alexander Pryde from “C” Div. to Hqrs. (Traffic Dept.) vice PC Wishart transferred. (No. 17)

PC 17 John Beddie from Hqrs. to “C” Div. (Morningside Station) vice PC Pryde transferred. (No. 463)

 

 

In another entry, PC 66 Peter Wishart was transferred from Traffic Dept. to Charge Office vice PC Beddie transferred.


After Banns according to the Forms of the Baptist Church, at The Plaza, Morningside Road, Edinburgh on 17 March 1934, John Augustus Beddie, (26), a Police Constable of 9 Merchiston Crescent, Edinburgh, married Faralina Sutherland Thomson, (22) a Draper’s Saleswoman of 3 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh.


On 18 April 1935, at 5 Morningside Park, Edinburgh, Marion Carlisle Beddie was born. Her father, PC John Augustus Beddie gave his usual address as 201 Morningside Road, Edinburgh.


In a report by Inspector Thomas Stuart, West End Police Station, dated 8 July 1937, he outlines the circumstances of a good arrest initiated by PC 463 John Beddie on 4 July 1937.


PC Beddie had been driving the night duty Divisional Van in Gorgie when he saw two men acting suspiciously. He called at the Ardmillan Terrace Police Box (9C) and picked up PC 470 Alexander Dick.


They stopped the two men and found them in possession of 22 bottles of beer labelled ‘Lorimer and Clark’s Brewery’. The men were arrested and subsequent enquiry revealed that one of the men had been employed at the brewery and used his inside knowledge to break in and steal the bottles.


The men admitted stealing the bottles and were sentenced to a fine of £1.0.0d or 10 days imprisonment.


Inspector Stuart concluded “There can be little doubt that the vigilance of Constable Beddie brought to an end the persistent thefts of beer from these premises and is worthy of recognition.”


Thus, in the WR dated 13 July 1937, “PC 463 John Beddie (was) Highly commended for vigilance and tact displayed in effecting the arrest of two thieves.”


On 17 May 1938, at 5 Morningside Park, Edinburgh, James Augustus Beddie was born. His father, PC John Augustus Beddie gave his usual address as 201 Morningside Road, Edinburgh.


Between 1937 and 1939 there seems to have been a re-numbering of officers in the West End (“C” Division) as in the WR dated 10 January 1939, PC C-52 John A. Beddie is listed.


John Beddie was still at the West End when on 21 February 1939, Superintendent Combe recommended him for a special increment in his pay on the grounds that “he showed marked intelligence and proficiency in his work, performs his duties with special zeal and has passed the necessary examination to qualify for promotion.”


By the WR dated 19 February 1946, John Beddie was PC HQ-52.


In the WR dated 17 July 1951 under ‘Promotions’ is listed “PC HQ-52 John Beddie (2nd Class) to the rank and pay of Sergeant (temporary) (5th Class) and transferred to the Lost Property Office (No.4).” The promotion was made permanent in the WR dated 18 September 1951.


The final entry in the WR concerning John Beddie dated 6 August 1957 and is listed under ‘Obituary’ and simply states “PS 4 John Beddie on 4th instant.”


John Augustus Beddie died on 4 August 1957 at 3 Harden Place (off Polwarth Gardens), Edinburgh. His death was registered by his son, James Augustus Beddie.


The death was the subject of a Procurator Fiscal’s Precognition and in a document dated 9 August 1957 it was determined that John Beddie died of “Natural Causes – Coronary Thrombosis.”


Faralina Sutherland Thomson or Beddie, (76), died in Morningside, Edinburgh in 1988.

 

 

Edinburgh City Police:PS John AugustusBeddie & S.C. John Sinclair Beddie

Superintendent Hugh Calder KPM Edinburgh City Police

Superintendent Hugh Calder's 1903 & 1911 Medals

King's Police Medal (1 January 1925)

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

Superintendent Hugh Calder KPM

Superintendent C Division Braid Place Police Station

 

 

Hugh Calder was believed to be born in Assynt in Sutherland around 1868 but I can find no record of his birth that has the names of his parents as given on his Marriage Certificate.


He did, however, join Edinburgh City Police on 20 November, 1888. Sometime in 1890, he stopped a runaway horse and his reward for this meritorious conduct was to gain and “Advancement in his pay” six months earlier than was usual.


In 1899, he married Mary Montgomery MacDonald in Edinburgh. They had two sons together, Godfrey born in 1900 and Allan born in 1903.


He was an excellent piper and keen on athletics. I have an engraved flask awarded to “PC H Calder” by “E.C.P.S.C” (Edinburgh City Police Sports Club) which could only have been awarded between 1888 and 1900 since on 3 July, 1900, he was promoted to Police Sergeant.


Like most of Edinburgh City Police, he was awarded the King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal, 1903 for the Royal Visit to Edinburgh.


According to the Edinburgh City Police weekly Record of 13 March, 1906:


 

“Station Sergeant Hugh Calder promoted to 3rd Class Inspector, vice Insp. George Nicol promoted. All as from 16th instant.”

 

 

He had joined the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band and was Pipe Sergeant around this period.


He was also awarded the King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal, 1911 along with the rest of the force and was presented with the medal in 1912.


By 1912, he was Pipe-Major of the band. According to ‘The Scotsman’ newspaper of Monday September 2nd, 1912 in a report on the Cowal Highland Games of the previous Saturday:


 

“In the civilian pipe band contest for the “Harry Lauder” shield, the winners were Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band (Pipe-Major Insp. Hugh Calder): Dr Kelso’s Lothian Pipers were second; while Stonehouse Pipe Band took third place.

 

In handing over the shield, Mr Harry Lauder said he was sure when he went to Edinburgh he would be all right as the police had got his shield (Laughter). He was sure of a wink in the passing anyway. (Laughter)

 

 

On 2nd January, 1917, the Weekly Record shows that:


Awards for Meritorious Conduct

 

Inspector Hugh Calder

 

PC 24 John F. Laing

 

PC 114 Alexander Fullerton

 

 

 

Commended for energy and vigilance displayed in effecting the arrest of a known thief and hooligan who was subsequently convicted under the Prevention of Crimes Act.

 

On 21 May 1918, he was transferred from “C” (Braid Place) to “A” (High Street) Division.


On 16 June 1919, an entry in the weekly Record stated:


 

“Inspector H. Calder promoted to the rank of Superintendent and transferred to “C” Division vice Supt. Peacock transferred.

 

To take effect as from this date.”

 

 

According to a Supplement to the London Gazette of 1 January 1925:


 

Whitehall, 31st December, 1924

 

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to award the King’s Police Medal to the officers of Police and Fire Brigades whose names appear below:

 

Hugh Calder, Superintendent, Edinburgh City Police.

 

 

According to “The Scotsman” of Thursday 2 January, 1930:


 

EDINBURGH POLICE

Promotions Announced

 

Inspector D. Ross of Edinburgh City Police, has been promoted to Superintendent of the South Side Division, Superintendent Hugh Calder having retired on pension after completing 41 years’ service.

 

Superintendent Calder is one of the best known men in the force, a native of Sutherland, he joined the City Police in 1888. Mr Calder is a keen piper, and for a time was pipe-major of the City Police Band.

 

Other promotions are:-

 

Sergeant John Pearce to be Inspector in charge of the Aliens Department at Headquarters.

 

Detective Constable Robert Gibson to be Detective Sergeant.

 

Constable William Merrilees to be Sergeant at Headquarters.

 

Constables Walter Hill and William Milton, West End to be Sergeants.

 

 

 

On 21 September, 1935, Hugh Calder was elected to be an office-bearer in the Highland Pipers Society of Edinburgh.


On Thursday October 28, 1937, “The Scotsman” reported:


 

Death of Retired Police

Superintendent

 

“The death took place yesterday at 13 Primrosebank Road, Edinburgh, of Mr Hugh Calder, a former Superintendent in the Edinburgh City Police.

 

Mr Calder who retired on reaching the age limit about seven or eight years ago, rose from the rank of Constable in the Edinburgh Police service and acted as Licensing Inspector before being appointed Superintendent of what was “C” Division at Braid Place, before the re-organisation scheme took place two or three years ago following the introduction of the police box system.

 

Mr Calder, who was an efficient officer, took a keen interest in athletics and piping, and while he was Pipe-Major of the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band they twice won the World’s Championship at Cowal.”

 

 

Mary Montgomery Macdonald or Calder died on 22 June, 1946 at the Eastern General Hospital, Edinburgh. Her usual address was in Thirlstane Road, Edinburgh.

 

Supt. Calder was also the Pipe Major of Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band for many years and lead them to win the Worlds Championship at Cowal The King's Police Medal awarded to Superintendent Hugh Calder of C Division Edinburgh City Police in 1925
Supt Hugh Calder KPM in 1922 wearing the 1903 & 1911 medals

PC 255 B John Johnston Cran Edinburgh City Police

PC John Johnston Cran's 1903 & 1911 Medals.

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

Edinburgh City Police

 

PC John Johnston Cran

 

John Johnston Cran was born on 12 May 1870 at New Deer in the County of Aberdeen. His mother was Margaret Yeats and his father, Robert Cran a shoemaker. His birth certificate has John Johnstone Yeats as his name but he was always known as john Johnston Cran. His parents never married.

 

He joined Edinburgh City Police as PC 255 B on 18 July, 1893. His previous occupation was ‘Farm servant’.

 

In the Census of 1901 he was living as a lodger at 3 Leslie Place, Edinburgh.

 

On 5 July, 1901 he married Isabella Gray Jamieson in Aberdeen.

 

They had two children together, Jane Ellis Cran born in 1903 at 16 Hay Terrace, Edinburgh, and Robert Cran, born in 1906.

 

Robert died aged 8 months the following year.

 

John, Isabella and Jane were still living at 16 Hay Terrace, Edinburgh in the Census of 1911.

 

John Johnston Cran retired from Edinburgh City Police on 30 July 1923.

 

Jane died aged 32 at 7 Cornwallis Place, Edinburgh in 1936.

 

On 14 June, 1938 John Johnston Cran, (67) died in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. His wife Isabella, registered his death.

 

On 10 May 1943, Isabella Gray Jamieson or Cran, (68) was found dead in the back court of 16 West Savile Terrace, Edinburgh (her sister’s flat). After a Procurator Fiscal’s Precognition it was determined that she had died “from injuries sustained through falling from height.”

 

Note: I bought the medals in North America in 2010. I have a lot more detail on this family that I have not published here. Since the children pre-deceased their parents, there were no direct heirs and presumably the medals were sold off after Isabella’s death.

 

John Johnston Cran had a brother James Yeats (same father and mother) also known as James Cran. I have not researched him but would be happy to learn more about him.

PC John Johnston Cran wearing his medals in 1922

PS John Fisher Edinburgh City Police

PC John Fisher's 1911 Medal

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

 

PC John Fisher

 

John Fisher was born on 10 November, 1885 at Bridge of Michael near Aberfoyle in the County of Perth. His father was Alexander Fisher, Ploughman, and his mother, Elizabeth McLaren or Fisher. His parents were married on 25 January 1883.

 

In 1891, John Fisher, (5) was still living at Bridge of Michael along with his father, (37), his mother, (31), his sisters Elizabeth, (10), Catherine, (6), Mary, (4) and his brother Donald, (1).

 

By 1901, John was 15, a Farm servant and living with his father, (47), his mother, (41) and his sisters, Mary, (13), Christina, (9), Maggie, (5), Caitlin Jane, (3) and brothers, Donald, (11), and Alexander, (1). The family were now living at Croftdhu in the village of Ardeonaig in the Parish of Kenmore in West Perthshire. Ardeonaig is on the south side of Loch Tay.

 

John Fisher joined Edinburgh City Police on 16 February 1909 as PC 609. That number is probably. Two years later in the Census of 1911, he was living as a lodger at 6 Mentone Avenue (off Bath Street), Portobello he was probably stationed there at Portobello Police Station.

 

Sometime between 1917 and 1923, he was transferred to Braid Place (C Division) as PC 191 C. He later became PC 425 C.

 

He was commended twice, in 1923 and 1933 for crime arrests. The circumstances of the 1933 commendation are worthy of mention.

 

John Fisher was on Plain Clothes duty in Clerk Street opposite a Pawnbrokers at 17 St Patrick Square when a man called Baptie tried to pledge a stolen watch for 3/- (£0.15). The Pawnbroker recognised the watch as stolen, locked Baptie in and telephoned Police Headquarters.

 

Baptie realised he was trapped, climbed out on to the roof of No 18, jumped on to a lamp bracket and jumped 12’ to the street below before running off northwards towards East Crosscauseway.

 

PC Fisher despite being 30 yards behind Baptie, gave chase for 200 yards along East Crosscauseway before he overtook Baptie and arrested him with the assistance of James Duffy Hill, (48), an Unemployed Labourer. John Fisher was 48 years old too.

 

On 2 June, 1936, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and transferred to the West End as PS 79 C.

 

He retired as PS 79 C on 22 December 1941.

 

This is only medal entitlement according to his Edinburgh City Police Personnel Record.

 

PC 425 C Robert Fisher, a contemporary of John Fisher, wearing his medal in 1922

PS 36 A Gordon Gerrard Gerrie Edinburgh City Police

PS Gordon Gerrard Gerrie's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

PS Gordon Gerrard Gerrie

 

Gordon Gerrard Gerrie was born on 27 July, 1874 in Fyvie in the County of Aberdeen. His father was Alexander Gerrie, a Crofter and his mother, Mary Scroggie or Gerrie. His parents were married on 14 June, 1856 in the Parish of King Edward, in the North West of Aberdeenshire.

 

The family were still living in Backhill in Fyvie in the Census of 1881 and 1891

 

Gordon Gerrie joined Edinburgh City Police on 22 November, 1898 as PC 44 A.

 

In the Census of 1901, he was living as a lodger at 23 Dalgety Street (off Marionville Road) in Leith.

 

On 19 June, 1907, after Banns according to the Forms of the Church of Scotland, Gordon G. Gerrie, (34), Police Constable, married Jessie Reid, (38), a Shop Assistant.

 

On 12 November, 1908, their daughter Margaret Gerrie was born in 39 Lochend Road West. She was presumably named after her Maternal Grandmother, Margaret Innes or Reid who was deceased at the time of her daughter’s marriage.

 

In the Census of 1911, the family were still living at 39 Lochend Road West. The Census confirms that Gordon and Jesse have been married for 3 years and had one child together who is still alive at that date.

 

On 29 November, 1914, Margaret Gerrie, (6), died in the City Hospital, Colinton. Her usual residence was 39 Lochend Road West, Edinburgh. Her father registered her death.

 

On 20 February, 1917, Gordon Gerrard Gerrie was promoted to the rank of Sergeant with the number PS 36 A.

 

Jessie Reid or Gerrie, (72), died on 13 July, 1941 at 8 Park Grove, Liberton. Gordon Gerrie registered her death.

 

Gordon Gerrard Gerrie, (77), died on 7 April, 1952 in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. His usual address was 8 Park Grove, Liberton. His nephew, George Deakin of 12 Park Crescent, Liberton registered his death. 

PS 36 A Gordon Gerrard Gerrie in 1922.

Inspector John Gray Edinburgh City Police

Inspector John Gray - 1911 Medal awarded as a PC. 1935 Medal awarded as an Inspector in Gayfield (B Division).

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal, 1911

King George V Silver Jubilee Medal, 1935


Edinburgh City Police


Inspector John Gray

 

John Gray was born at Elderbank in the Parish of Cameron in the County of Fife on 3 June 1883. His father, John was a Road Labourer and his mother, Jane Ramsay or Gray. His parents were married on 24 December 1878 at Perth.


By 1891, the family were living at Denhead in Strathkinness near St Andrew’s in Fife.


In 1901, John was 17 and working as a Farm Servant to Laurence McFarlane, a Farmer of Westfield Farm, Auchterderran in Fife.


Farm servant was his occupation when he joined Edinburgh City Police on 22 January, 1907 as PC 355 C in the Southside.

 

He transferred to B Division (Gayfield Square) as PC 248 B on 3 February, 1914.


On 13 December, 1921, he was promoted to 3rd Class Sergeant in B Division, PS 62 B.


He was promoted to Inspector (No. 26) on 2 September 1930.


On 4 August, 1936, he was transferred back to B Division as Inspector (19).


John Gray retired on pension on 15 February 1937.


His Edinburgh City Police Personnel record confirms his entitlement to “Police George V and Jubilee George V”. His entitlement to the Jubilee medal is confirmed in the 1935 Medal Roll under Reference 6.Scot. CB. E.


Inspector Gray can be seen wearing his 1911 medal in the photograph below when he was a Station House Sergeant in B Division.

PS 62 B John Gray Gayfield Square Police Station in 1922

PC William Henderson Edinburgh City Police

PC William Henderson's 1911 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police 

 

PC William Henderson

PC 204 A William Henderson in 1922

PC James Hislop Edinburgh City Police

PC James Hislop's 1911 Medal

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

PC James Hislop

PC 581 D John Knox Edinburgh City Police

PC 581 D John Knox in 1921 (Wearing medal ribbon & helmet).

Edinburgh City Police

PC 581 D John Urquhart Knox

 

John Urquhart Knox was born on 28 November, 1885 in Midmar in the County of Aberdeen. His father was Alexander Knox, a Farm Servant and his mother, Isabella Goodbrand or Knox. His parents were married in Banff on 24 December, 1874.

 

Census of Scotland, 1891

 

On the night of the Census of Scotland in 1891, those living at the Cottar’s House, Gateside in the Parish of Strachan (pronounced ‘Strawn’) in Kincardineshire were the following:

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Where Born

Alexander Knox, (39)

Farm Servant

Aberdeen, New Deer

Isabella Knox, (39)

Farm Servant’s Wife

Banff, Town

Isabella Knox, (9)

Scholar

Aberdeen, Old Machar

Elsie Knox, (7)

Scholar

Aberdeen, Midmar

John Knox, (5)

Scholar

Aberdeen, Midmar

Mary Knox, (3)

 

Kincardineshire, Banchory

 

Census of Scotland, 1901

 

On the night of the Census of Scotland in 1901, those living at the Easterside Farm near Dunnottar Castle in the Parish of Dunnottar in Kincardineshire were the following:

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Where Born

John Alcock, (43)

Farmer

Kincardine, Fetteresso

Mary A. Alcock, (43)

Farmer’s Wife

Kincardine, Fetteresso

Mary Wood, (28)

Servant (General Domestic)

Kincardine, Fetteresso

Hector Kydd, (22)

Farm Servant (Ploughman)

Kincardine, Glenbervie

John Knox, (15)

Farm Servant Cattleman

Aberdeen, Midmar

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

John Urquhart Knox joined Edinburgh City Police on 21 January, 1928 aged 22. His previous occupation was ‘Farm Servant and his place of birth given as Midmar in Aberdeenshire.

 

He was appointed as PC 581 D and posted to the West End Police Station in Torphichen Place, Edinburgh. In those days, ‘The West End’ also had stations at Corstorphine, McLeod Street in Gorgie and at Granton.

 

Census of Scotland, 1911

 

On the night of the Census of Scotland in 1901, those living at 228 Morrison Street (just around the corner from the West End Police Station), in the Haymarket District of Edinburgh were the following:

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Where Born

Wm. Stewart Bremner, (28)

Carter

Forfarshire, Brechin

Mgt. Moffat Lemon Bremner, (29)

 

Fifeshire, Kilrenny

Georgina Lemon Bremner, (3)

 

Midlothian, Edinburgh

Charles Kinnear Bremner, (3)

 

Midlothian, Edinburgh

William Stewart Bremner,   (-1 month)

 

Midlothian, Edinburgh

John Urquhart Knox, (25)

Policeman, Town Council,  (Lodger)

Aberdeenshire, Midmar

 

Marriage, Masonic Hall, Arbroath on 24 November, 1911

 

On 24 November, 1911, at the Masonic Hall, Hill Street, Arbroath in Angus, John Urquhart Knox, (25), a Police Constable of 228 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, married Mary Ann Lyall White Gair, (28), a Domestic Servant of 104 Findhorn Place, Edinburgh.

 

Police Career

 

His Personnel Record and the weekly Record details all his career.

 

He served in Edinburgh City Police from 1908 to 12 September, 1938 when he ‘Retired on Pension’

 

Birth of John Urquhart Knox, 1914

 

John Urquhart Knox was born on 15 January, 1914 at 39 Rosemount Buildings (off Gardner’s Crescent), Edinburgh. His father was John Urquhart Knox, Police Constable and his mother, Mary Ann Gair or Knox.

 

Voters Roll, Edinburgh 1915

 

The Voter’s Roll for the City of Edinburgh in the year 1915 records John Urquhart Knox, Police Constable, living at 39 Rosemount Buildings, Edinburgh.

 

Voters Roll, Edinburgh 1925 & 1930

 

Both the 1925 and 1935 Voter’s Roll for the City of Edinburgh record Police Constable John Knox living at the Police houses next to the Police Station at 39 St Ninian’s Road, Corstorphine in Edinburgh.

 

Mary Ann Lyall White Gair or Knox, 1941

 

Mary Ann Knox died on 23 April, 1941 at 3 Corstorphine Park Gardens, Corstorphine in Edinburgh. Her husband, John Urquhart Knox, a ‘retired Police Constable’, registered her death.

 

John Urquhart Knox, 1943

 

On 7 January, 1943, at 09.40 am, John Urquhart was found dead on the London & North Eastern Railway line west of Saughton Bridge in Edinburgh. He was last seen alive there at 11.00 pm on the night before. His cause of death was “multiple injuries (run over by train)”.

 

John Knox’ usual address was 3 Corstorphine Park Gardens, Corstorphine in Edinburgh. His son, Duncan Knox (date of birth not yet kown), registered his death.

 

A Precognition by the Procurator Fiscal of Edinburgh, James Brown dated 11 March, 1943, confirmed the circumstances of the death.

 

Conclusion

 

This was a tragic end to the life of a young man from a rural North East background who worked as a Farm Servant, joined the police, married a young woman from a similar background, had children and made a life in the Capital City of Scotland.

PC 581 D John Urquhart Knox wearing the 1911 Medal in Ceremonial Dress after 1912

PC 513 D Alexander Latto Edinburgh City Police

PC 513 D Alexander Latto's 1911 Coronation Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

PC 513 D Alexander Latto

 

Alexander Latto was born on 9 August, 1870 at 5 Greenside End at the top of Leith Walk in Edinburgh. His father was John Latto, a Shoemaker and his mother, Susan Mathieson or Latto.

The family were still at that address in the Census of 1871 and consisted of John Latto, (53), his wife Susan, (33) and their children, John, (10), Agnes, (5) and Alexander, (7 months.

By the Census of 1881, the family were living at 3 Nelson Street, Edinburgh (between Abercromby Place and Great King Street) and as well as the above, there were now James Latto, (7) and David Latto, (4).

 

According to his Edinburgh City Police Personnel Record, Alexander Latto served 8 years with the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Scots before he joined the force, probably sometime between 1885 and 1895?

 

At National Archives in Kew, I found the following information under WO 97/3263/86.

 

In the time-honoured tradition, Alexander Latto lied about his age when he joined the Royal Scots at their Depot in Glencorse on 7 January, 1886. He stated he was 18 when he was only 15 years old. He became Private Number 2203.

 

His service was as shown in the table below:

 

Country

From

To

Years

Days

Home

7.1.86

9.12.90

4

334

Malta

10.12.90

6.3.92

1

88

India

7.3.92

29.11.92

1

268

Home

30.11.92

 

 

 

 

His papers show that he was transferred from the 2nd Battalion to the “1st Class army Reserve as a Private on 13 December, 1893.

 

His record also confirms that he did not serve in any Campaigns and has no entitlement to any medals for his Army service.

 

On 15 March, 1895, at 11 Marchall Crescent in Edinburgh (in Priestfield off Dalkeith Road), Alexander Latto, (25), an Asylum Attendant married Janet Sutherland Taylor, (20), a Laundress. Their address was 58 South Back Canongate in Edinburgh. South Back Canongate is now known as Holyrood Road.

Later that year, on 6 June, Alexander Latto joined Edinburgh City Police as PC 173 A. His address and occupation are confirmed in the Edinburgh Corporation Valuation Roll of 1895.

On 1 February, 1896 at 58 South Back Canongate in Edinburgh, David Wright Latto was born. His father, Police Constable Alexander Latto, registered his birth.

At 75 Henderson Row in Edinburgh on 9 August, 1897, Alexander Taylor Latto was born. Police Constable Alexander Latto, his father, registered his birth. He died aged 11 months at the Sick Childrens Hospital in Edinburgh on 17 July, 1898. His usual address was 5 St Stephen Street.

Alexander Latto’s Army record confirms that he was “Discharged from the 1st Class Army Reserve, Section B, as a Private on 6 January, 1898.”

Janet Sutherland Taylor or Latto, (22), died in 75 Henderson Row in Edinburgh on 12 January, 1898. Alexander Latto, her husband, registered her death.

From this date on, I have found no trace of the child, David Wright Latto.

However, at 5 St Stephen Street in Edinburgh on 7 September, 1898, Alexander Latto, (28), a Police Constable, married Rachel Waters, (20).

Helen Nicholson Latto was born on 30 May, 1899 at 19 South St James Street in Edinburgh. (South St James Street ran from behind St Mary’s RC Cathedral to St James Square and is now underneath the St James Shopping Centre at the top of Leith Street).

By the Census of 1901, Alexander, (30), Rachel, (23) and ‘Ellen’, (1), were living at 61 Torphichen Street in Edinburgh which was next door to the then West End Police Station, ‘D’ Division but after 1933, ‘C’ Division. There is no mention of David in the Census.

Alexander Latto's  collar number was now 513 D.

On 19 September, 1902, at 61 Torphichen Street in Edinburgh, James Waters Latto was born. His father registered the birth.

 

Every officer in Edinburgh City Police was awarded the King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal, 1903 in commemoration of the Royal Visit to Scotland that year.

The 1905-1906 Valuation Roll for the City of Edinburgh confirms that Police Constable Alexander Latto is living at 61 Torphichen Street.

The story now takes a strange turn as on 4 July, 1905 at 61 Torphichen Street, Alexander Latto was born. His father registered his birth. However, on 16 February, 1906 at the same address, Alexander Latto, (7 months) died. His father registered his death.

On 21 June, 1910 at 5 Torphichen Place in Edinburgh, Agnes Susan Latto was born. Her father registered her birth. 5 Torphichen Place is next door to what became the new West End Police Station.

In the Census of 1911, Alexander, (40), Rachel, (32), Helen, (11), James, (8) and Agnes Susan, (8 months) are still at 5 Torphichen Place.

Later that year, Alexander Latto along with every other man in Edinburgh City Police was awarded the King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal, 1911.

The Valuation Rolls for Edinburgh in the years 1915-1916, 1920-1921 and 1925-1926 all confirm that Alexander Latto was living at 5 Torphichen Place during those years.

 

PC Alexander Latto did not keep good health and on 10 April, 1922, he was “certified medically unfit” and retired on pension. He had previously been operated on for angina and suffered from bronchitis.

On 11 July, 1925 at Longmore Hospital (previously known with Liberton Hospital as the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Incurables) in Edinburgh, Alexander Latto, (54), died. His widow, Rachel Latto, registered his death.

Rachel Taylor or Latto, (80), died at 15 Tipperlinn Road in Edinburgh on 6 December, 1957. Her usual address was 4 Torphichen Place in Edinburgh. Her son-in-law, William Dunn, registered her death.

 

(For the moment, (14 January, 2015), this is as much as I know about the life of PC Alexander Latto. What happened to the two children of his first marriage is a mystery for now but if I find anymore, I will update this entry.

 

His King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal, 1903 is missing. Please get in touch if you know where it is. Thank you).

 

UPDATE: 28 May, 2016

 

A collector who has Alexander Latto’s 1903 medal has been in touch and the two medals are being reunited. I decided to make one last effort to find his Army Service and found the papers this morning.

 

The only mystery that still needs to be solved is what happened to his child from his first marriage, David Wright Latto? If you can provide any information, please get in touch. Thank you.

 

 

PC 513 D Alexander Latto (at rear)
PC 513 D Alexander Latto's 1903 and 1911 medals (Picture courtesy of Kevin Erskine)

PC William Linklater Edinburgh City Police 

PC William Linklater's 1903 & 1911 Medals

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

PC William Linklater

 

PC William Linklater retired from Edinburgh City Police on 12 June 1916.

PS 39 A Henry Mitchell Edinburgh City Police 

PS Henry Mitchell's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

PS 39 A Henry Mitchell

 

PS Mitchell's 1911 medal is missing. If you know where it is, please contact me at the website.

PS 39 A Henry Mitchell

Chief Constable Sir William Booth Rennie Morren CBE MVO Edinburgh City Police 

Sir William Booth Rennie Morren CBE MVO

Edinburgh City Police

 

Sir William Booth Rennie Morren CBE MVO

 

 

A full account of Sir William B. R. Morren's life will appear here soon. Thank you for your patience.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Neck badge)
The medals awarded to Sir William Booth Rennie Morren MVO CBE
Sir W.B.R. Morren's miniature medals
Chief Constable Morren with Sir Winston Churchill during WW2 inspecting Air Raid Precautions staff at Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. (Picture courtesy of Edinburgh Evening Telegraph & Scotsman Publications)

PC 224 A James Morrison Edinburgh City Police 

PC James Morrison's 1903 & 1911 Medals

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

PC 224 A James Morrison

 

James Morrison was born on 11 September, 1874 at Clayfords in the Parish of Strichen in the County of Aberdeen. His father was John Morrison, an Agricultural Labourer and his mother, Barbara Roger or Morrison. His parents were married on 26 May, 1868 at Strichen.

 

He was a Farm servant before he joined Edinburgh City Police on 19 May, 1896. He was 5’ 11” tall, fair hair with blue eyes and a pale complexion.

 

On 20 June, 1902 at 6 Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, when he was 27 and living at 48 Milton Street, Abbeyhill, he married Margaret Hamilton, (22), a Spinster of 8 Dalgety Avenue, Edinburgh (off Marionville Road).

 

On 14 August, 1907, James John Morrison (named after his father and paternal grand-father) was born at 48 Milton Street, Abbeyhill. His father, James Morrison, Police Constable, registered his birth.

 

On 10 August, 1909, at the same address, William Hamilton Morrison (named after his maternal grand-father) was born at 3.55p.m. At 1.00p.m. the next day, his mother, Margaret Morrison, (28), died as a result of complications in the childbirth. Her husband registered the birth and the death.

 

By the Census of 1911, James Morrison was living as a Lodger, still a Police Constable, at 8 Dalgety Street in Edinburgh. So far, I can find no record of the two children after the death of their mother.

 

PC 224 A James Morrison retired from Edinburgh City Police on 15 April, 1929 and I believe, returned to Aberdeenshire and Strichen to farm.

 

He died on 15 August, 1939 at Mill Farm, Strichen, aged 64. His occupation was given as ‘Farmer (Retired Policeman)’. His death was registered by his son, James Morrison.

 

 

 

If you know what happened to the children between the death of their mother and that of their father, please get in touch with the website. Thank you.

 

 

PC 224 A James Morrison in 1922 (middle back row to the left of PS 39 A Henry Mitchell)
PC 224 A James Morrison 4th from left in Beat Helmet and Uniform with medals. Picture taken at Holyrood Abbey..

PC 228 A Robert Munro Edinburgh City Police

PC Robert Munro's 1903 & 1911 Medals

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Edinburgh City Police

 

PC 228 A Robert Munro

 

Robert Munro was born on 2 January, 1867 at Falkirk in the County of Stirling according to Edinburgh City Police but on 2 January, 1866 according to his birth certificate. His father was Donald Munro, a Gamekeeper. His mother was Mary Sime or Munro. His parents were married on 17 March, 1862 at Camelon near Falkirk.

 

He was a Joiner before he joined Edinburgh City Police on 20 November, 1888, in C Division as PC 391 C.

 

In the Census of 1891, he was a Police Constable, (24) and living as a Lodger at 65 Causewayside, Edinburgh (near where the former Braid Place Police Station or ‘The Southside’ now stands.

 

On 2 June, 1892 at 9 Newton Street (Gorgie), Robert Munro, (26), married Jessie McKay Sutherland, (28), a Domestic Servant.

 

On 10 February, 1894, Margaret Mary Munro was born at 50 Sciennes, Edinburgh (off Melville Terrace). Her father, Police Constable Robert Munro, registered her birth.

 

At the Royal Asylum, Morningside, Edinburgh on 7 May, 1898, Jessie McKay Munro died. Her husband registered her death.

 

In the Census of 1901, Robert Munro, Police Constable, (34), was living as a Lodger at 6 West Preston Street, Edinburgh (off South Clerk Street). There is no trace of Margaret Mary (now possibly 7) in this Census or later.

 

On 21 June, 1907, at 2 Spence Street, Edinburgh, Robert Munro, (40), Police Constable and Widower, married Jessie Fraser Gilbert Russell, (27), a Domestic Servant.

 

By the Census of 1911, Robert and Jessie had two children together. Margaret Johnstone Munro in 1907 and Mary Cameron Munro in 1909. The children had been born at, and the family were still living in, 11 West Newington Place, Edinburgh (off Newington Road).

 

According to the Weekly Record of Edinburgh City Police dated 2 December, 1920, “PC 391 C Robert Munro from “C” to “A” Division, Number 228.”

 

Robert Munro retired on pension from Edinburgh City Police on 5 December, 1921.

 

He died in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh on 21 August, 1935. His wife, Jessie registered his death. Their address was still 11 West Newington Place.

 

 

So far, I have been unable to trace any record of Margaret Mary Munro after the death of her mother in 1898. If you can provide any new information, please contact the website. Thank you. 

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