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Stirling Burgh Police 1857 -1938

Stirling Burgh Police Circa 1901 (Inspector Frederick Jenkins is 5th from Left)
Sergeant Frederick Jenkins Stirling Burgh Police

Stirling Burgh Police 1857-1938


The picture above shows Stirling Burgh Police sometime around 1901 since the Census of that year shows Frederick Jenkins as a ‘Police Inspector’ living at 3 Broad Street, Stirling.

 

The pictures below show Frederick Jenkins as a Police Sergeant and three other unknown officers of the same force.

 

The Superintendent is almost certainly from Stirling Burgh Police since the image was found in a collection of photographs of officers from the force.

 

The pictures of the Sergeant and possible Acting Sergeant clearly show an earlier force kepi badge of a plain Victorian Crown. They also clearly illustrate that the force used the common collar number in a frame with the letters ‘SBP’ before changing to standard collar numbers later.

 

The kepi badge and sleeve badge shown further down both clearly show the wolf on the rock taken from the Royal Burgh of Stirling coat of arms. The famous Castle of Stirling sits on the Castle Rock and people born in the old Royal Burgh call themselves “Sons of the Rock”.

 

The button has the same crest.

 

Sergeant Frederick Jenkins

 

Frederick Jenkins, the son of a Teacher of Music, James Jenkins, was born in Chorlton in Lancashire before the family moved back to Stirling between 1871 and 1881. The family lived at 3 Broad Street, Stirling.

 

Frederick’s brother John was a Constable in Lanarkshire Constabulary. His picture can be seen in the Lanarkshire Constabulary section of the website.

 

I am grateful to Frederick’s Grand-daughter, Freda for all of the photographs of Stirling Burgh Police, Lanarkshire Constabulary and Coatbridge Constabulary which she kindly allowed me to copy for the website.

 

 

Stirling Burgh Police - Superintendent (Unknown) Victorian Crown Kepi Badge
Stirling Burgh Police Sergeant (Unknown) Victorian Kepi Badge

Stirling Burgh Police 1857-1938

 

Unknown Sergeant

 

Note the unusual position of the three chevrons and Ambulance Qualification badge.

 

The collar badge (SBP 4) is also more usually worn with the arrow head pointing to the front.

 

This is clearly an early or mid-Victorian period photograph since the kepi badge is a plain Victorian Crown. Later Victorian Stirling Burgh Police badges can be seen below.

Stirling Burgh Police 1857-1938


Unknown Constable (Possibly Acting Sergeant?)

 

Note the small badge with the Victorian Crown above the two chevrons.  A Tudor Crowned version of this badge can be seen below.


The collar badge (SBP 11) is also more usually worn with the arrow head pointing to the front.


This is clearly an early or mid-Victorian period photograph since the kepi badge is a plain Victorian Crown. Later Victorian Stirling Burgh Police badges can be seen below.

Stirling Burgh Police Victorian Crown Kepi Badge
Stirling Burgh Police Sleeve Badge
Stirling Burgh Police whistle (early 1910 onwards?)
Stirling Burgh Police Tunic Button

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