Hawick Burgh Police 1840 - 1930

If this picture is between 1878 - 1902, the Chief Constable is John McDonald.

On the night of the Census of Scotland, 1891, the following men were police officers listed living in Hawick.

John McDonald was the Chief Constable between 1878 and 1902, so it is likely he is the man in the centre of the picture. Make your own mind up about the rest.



Name & Age in 1891

Place & County of Birth

Superintendent & Chief Constable

John McDonald, (39)

Urry, Ross-shire

Sergeant of Police

Peter Deas, (59)

Carnock, Fife

Sergeant of Police

John McLennan, (41)

Inverness, Inverness-shire

Police Constable

Robert Brown, (20)

Yetholm, Roxburghshire

Police Constable

George Cairns, (22)

Gordon, Berwickshire

Police Constable

Thomas Chapman, (46)

Carnwath, Lanarkshire

Police Constable

Alexander Forsyth, (29)

Coull, Aberdeenshire

Police Constable

Martin Gunion, (28)

Denholm, Roxburghshire

Police Constable

James Lawrence, (44)

Auchterless, Aberdeenshire

Police Constable

George McDonald, (49)

Melrose, Roxburghshire

Police Constable

David McKenzie, (36)

Urry, Ross-shire

Police Constable

John Milne, (47)

Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Police Constable

William Patrickson, (27)


Police Constable

John Patterson, (21)

Earlston, Berwickshire

Police Constable

Robert Ramsay, (36)

Ancrum, Roxburghshire

Police Constable

John Sim, (44)

Dunkeld, Perthshire


Hawick Burgh Police Kepi or Helmet Plate
Hawick Burgh Police whistle from 1888 - 1909

Hawick Burgh Police Whistle from 1888 – 1909


This whistle was manufactured by J Hudson & co. at their address in 13 Barr Street, Birmingham between 1888 and 1909.


The whistle is curious because ‘Burgh’ is spelt the ‘English’ way as in ‘Borough’. It appears to be a genuine article and came from a reputable source. Just a simple mistake? Too expensive to change?


If you have another example of a Hawick Burgh Police whistle, I would be interested to know how ‘Burgh’ is spelled.


Please contact the website so that the information can be shared. Thank you.

John MorrenOBE KPM Chief Constable of Hawick Burgh Police 1902 -1909

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