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Edinburgh City Police in the  Victorian Reign

Unknown PC taken between 1874 - 1880 at 29 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh. Note the 'Coxcomb helmet' in the same style as the Metropolitan Police in London at this time.
Rear of CdV of unknown Victorian PC above.
PC 380 C Edinburgh City Police between 1874 - 1880. Picture taken at 29 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh.
These CdVs are quite interesting in that on eof them shows an Edinburgh City Police officer wearing a 'Coxcomb helmet'. I have never ever seen such an image anywhere. It looks similar to that in use in the Metropolitan Police to the 1870s.
The picture was taken by William Towert & Son of 29 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh.
Towert & Son operated out of 31 St Patrick Square until 1874 when they moved to No. 29. In 1880, they moved out of No. 29 into No. 42 and remained there into the early 20th century.
So, that dates the Coxcomb picture between 1874 - 1880. I cannot see his collar numbers but the lad with the truncheon is '380' which at that time, makes him 'C' Division.
The guy with the medal is a mystery as the photographer 'Fairbairn', does not appear in the Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory at the Tollcross address. The helmet style is much later than the 1880s. The medal ribbon looks similar to that used on the 1914 -1918 Edinburgh Corporation Special Constabulary medal but I have no idea what the medal is?
Edinburgh City Police PC very late Victorian period. Unknown medal - please contact us if you can suggest which it might be. Thank you. Picture taken by Fairbairn, Tollcross, Edinburgh.
Rear of picture of unknown Edinburgh City Police PC wearing unknown medal.

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