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This is a picture of the 13 accused men leaving the High Court in Edinburgh in 1922 after being found Not Guilty (6) and Not Proven(7) of taking part in the attempted ambush of a prison van carrying an IRA prisoner during which a City of Glasgow Police officer was murdered.
(Notes on the uniforms:
Most of the Constables are "C" Division, Edinburgh City Police which then covered the 'Southside'. In that time, "A" Division covered Parliament Square.
It is an Inspector to the left of the foreground and a Sergeant standing in front of the Constable with the ball-top helmet.
Only Lieutenants and Inspectors in Edinburgh City Police wore ball-top helmets (Ceremonial only) so the Constable is probably a Leith Burgh Police officer, by then, "E" Division Edinburgh City Police, still wearing his old helmet?)
Edinburgh City Police
PC John Bremner 'C' Division
This is a watch fob “Presented to Constable John Bremner on his retirement from the Edinburgh City Police – May 1891.”
It was quite common for colleagues to have a collection and make a presentation on the occasion of retirement and pocket watches and fobs were extremely common presents.
John Bremner was born in the Parish of Kilmuir in the County of Ross around 1827.
He was an Agricultural Labourer before joining Edinburgh City Police on 15 October 1852 when he was 25. He had married the year before to Isabella Malcolm of Pultneytown in Caithness.
In the Census of 1861, he and Isabella were living at 9 Hercules Street with their daughter Catherine, (9) and their son John, (9 months). John Bremner was a Police Constable.
Hercules Street no longer exists but it ran between St Leonard’s Hill and Dumbiedykes Road not far from what is now the Deaconess Hospital but then was the Pleasance Police Station of 'C' Division.
Isabella died in 1870 and John Bremner brought up the two children on his own.
By the Census of 1871, the family were living at 48 St Leonards Hill, Edinburgh. By 1881, they were living at 36 St Leonards Hill.
In the Census of 1891, the year he retired, John Bremner was 63, still a Police Constable but living with his son John and his wife Elizabeth at their home at 1 Buccluech Terrace, a few hundred yards from Braid Place Police Station, 'C' Division Headquarters at that time.
John Bremner was still with his son and his family in 1901 but they were now living at 2 Buccluech Terrace.
It was in that address that on 19 January, 1909, ‘John Bremner, Retired Police Constable, 81 years old, died. His son John registered the death the next day.
Edinburgh City Police PC & PS Beat Duty Helmet to around 1952
Edinburgh City Police Keys Boxes
Edinburgh City Police Keys Box
Edinburgh City Police used Keys Boxes in Police Stations from late Victorian times to the early 20th Century.
Businesses would pay one guinea per year to deposit their keys overnight for safekeeping and were given a brass token as a receipt. The brass tag number on the keys matched that of the receipt. Some examples of brass tags can be seen below.
There would have been several such boxes in each police station, presumably in the custody of the Station House Keeper (Sergeant). I only know of the existence of 8 such boxes.
The box measures approximately 9" long, 2.5" high and 3" deep and is made of wood.
The brass tags are approximately 1.5" across.
Edinburgh City Police Key Tokens
Edinburgh City Police Beat Lamps
Edinburgh City Police Coat of Arms to May 1975
Edinburgh City Police Mounted Section Cross-belt Pouch (Replica)
Edinburgh City Police Hand Cuffs
Edinburgh City Police Odells Latch Key
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