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PC 39 A Alexander Edward, Edinburgh City Police - Circa 1890

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Edinburgh City Police

PC 39A Alexander Edward

 

Introduction

I found this picture of an unknown Edinburgh City Police officer many years ago. Since acquiring the picture, I have been able to access the Weekly Records of the force and established that PC 39A is Alexander Edward, born in 1847 in Aberdeenshire.

 

He joined the force after the Census of 1871 but before 1877, as his occupation when he married that year was ‘Police Constable’ with an address in Edinburgh. 

 

Alexander Edward retired on 19 March 1907 when he was working as a ‘Turnkey’ in the Cells. He died in Edinburgh in January 1919.

 

No personnel record is available at the City Archives and the following is what has been extracted from public records.

 

The Early Years

Alexander Edward was born on 5 October 1847 at Tillychetty, Alford in the County of Aberdeen. His father was William Edward, an Agricultural Labourer and his mother, Janet Gray or Edward. His parents were married in the Parish of Tullynessle, Forbes and Kearn in the County of Aberdeen on 24 November 1839.

 

Census of Scotland 1851

The following were living at Tillychetty, Alford on the night of the Census of Scotland 1851.

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

William Edward, (38)

Agricultural Labourer

Grange, Banffshire

Janet Edward, (38)

Wife

Grange, Banffshire

Jane Edward, (10)

Daughter, Scholar

Alford, Aberdeenshire

Elisabeth Edward, (8)

Daughter, Scholar

Alford, Aberdeenshire

William Edward, (6)

Son, Scholar

Alford, Aberdeenshire

Alexander Edward, (3)

Son

Alford, Aberdeenshire

Janet Edward, (1)

Daughter

Alford, Aberdeenshire

 

Census of Scotland 1861

The following were living at East Bandeen, in the Parish of Leochel and Cushnie, Alford on the night of the Census of Scotland 1861. Alexander had now left school and was working as a Farm Servant

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Francis Lawson, (47)

Farmer of 45 Acres

Tough, Aberdeenshire

Mary Lawson, (45)

Sister, Dairy Maid

Tough, Aberdeenshire

William Milne, (18)

Ploughman

Alford, Aberdeenshire

Alexander Edward, (14)

Farm servant

Alford, Aberdeenshire

 

His father,(48), mother, (48), and sisters Janet, (11) and Helen, (7), were still living at Tillychetty in this year.

 

Census of Scotland 1871

The following were living at the Free Church Manse, in the Parish of Ellon in the County of Aberdeen, on the night of the Census of Scotland 1871. Alexander was still working as an Agricultural Labourer.

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Elizabeth Mackie, (44)

Lodging Housekeeper

Cruden, Aberdeenshire

Alexander Wallace, (41)

Boarder, Agricultural Labourer

Logie Buchan, Aberdeenshire

Alexander Edwards, (23)

Boarder, Agricultural Labourer

Alford, Aberdeenshire

William Scott, (60)

Boarder, Mason

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

 

Register of Marriages in the District of St Giles in the City of Edinburgh 1877

On 18 December 1877, at Ramsay Lodge*, Ramsay Lane, Edinburgh, after Banns according to the Forms of the Church of Scotland, Alexander Edward, (30), Police Constable of No. 6 South St James Street, Edinburgh, married Agnes Curran, (23), Spinster of No. 3 Gayfield Lane, Edinburgh.

 

Alexander’s parents were William Edward, an Agricultural Labourer and Janet Gray or Edward. Agnes’ parents were James Curran, a Carter and Margaret Murray or Curran.

 

The witnesses were William Grant and Jessie Edward, and the ceremony was performed by George Wilson, Minister of Tolbooth Parish, Edinburgh.

 

*Ramsay Lodge was on the site of the present-day Ramsay Gardens at the top of the ‘Royal Mile’ near Edinburgh Castle.

 

Census of Scotland 1881

The following were living at 7 Roslin Street, Edinburgh on the night of the Census of Scotland 1881.

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Alexander Edward, (33)

Police Constable

Alford, Aberdeenshire

Agnes Edward, (26)

Wife

Inchkirk, Wigtownshire

Jessie Edward, (1)

Daughter

South Leith, Edinburgh

Margaret Edward, (1 month)

Daughter

South Leith, Edinburgh

 

Census of Scotland 1891

The following were living at 15 Brunton Terrace, Edinburgh on the night of the Census of Scotland 1891. Alexander Edward was to remain at this address for the rest of his life.

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Alexander Edward, (43)

Police Constable

Alford, Aberdeenshire

Agnes Edward, (36)

Wife

Inchkirk, Wigtownshire

Jessie Edward, (11)

Daughter, Scholar

South Leith, Edinburgh

Margaret Edward, (10)

Daughter, Scholar

South Leith, Edinburgh

Edith A. Edward, (7)

Daughter, Scholar

South Leith, Edinburgh

William Edward, (4)

Son

South Leith, Edinburgh

Mary McPherson, (33, 

Lodger, Saleswoman, (Glass & China)

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

William Hogg, (20)

Lodger, Clerk

Kelso, Roxburghshire

 

Census of Scotland 1901

The following were living at 15 Brunton Terrace, Edinburgh on the night of the Census of Scotland 1901. 

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Alexander Edward, (53)

Police Constable

Alford, Aberdeenshire

Agnes Edward, (46)

Wife, Housekeeper

Inchkirk, Wigtownshire

Margaret Edward, (20)

Daughter, Book-keeper (Tradesman’s)

South Leith, Edinburgh

Edith A. Edward, (17)

Daughter, Scholar

South Leith, Edinburgh

William Edward, (14)

Son, Scholar

South Leith, Edinburgh

 

Edinburgh City Police Weekly Record 1907

The Weekly Record of Edinburgh City Police dated 19 March 1907 recorded that PC 39A Alexander Edward retired on pension from the force that day.

 

There is no trace of Alexander and Agnes Edward in the Census of Scotland 1911.

 

The End of the Story

 

Register of Deaths in the District of Canongate in the City of Edinburgh 1919

On 7 November 1919, Alexander Edward, (77), Police Constable (Retired), married to Agnes Curran, died in 15 Brunton Terrace, Edinburgh. His daughter, Margaret Edward, registered his death.

 

Register of Deaths in the District of St Andrew in the City of Edinburgh 1931

On 26 October 1931, at 48 Moray Place, Edinburgh, Agnes Edward, (77), Widow of Alexander Edward, Police Constable, died. Her usual address was 15 Brunton Terrace, Edinburgh.

 

Agnes’ death was registered by her daughter, Margaret Edward of 15 Brunton Terrace, Edinburgh.

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