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Midlothian Constabulary 1840 - 1950

Midlothian Constabulary

Superintendent Christopher Robson

 

King Edward VII Police Medal 1903 (Scotland) (‘Visit to Scotland Medal’)

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

Introduction

Christopher Robson was born on 19 January 1865 at Bellsbutts, in the Parish of Ancrum, Roxburgh. His father was Thomas Robson, a Labourer and his mother Christian Brown or Robson. His parents were married at Ashieburn, in the Parish of Ancrum, Roxburgh on 11 April 1850.

 

Christopher was an Agricultural Labourer before he joined Midlothian Constabulary in April 1889, aged 24. 

Police Constable Christopher Robson at an unknown Police Station between 1889 and 1900. (Picture courtesy of Joe Craig, Dumfries & Galloway Police Museum).

The Early Years

 

The Census of Scotland 1871

On the night of the Census of Scotland 1871, the following were living at Bellsbutts Village, Ancrum, Roxburgh.

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Thomas Robson, (58)

Agricultural Labourer

Jedburgh, Roxburghshire

Christina Robson, (48)

Agricultural Labourer’s Wife

Linton, Roxburghshire

Thomas Robson, (12)

Son, Scholar

Ancrum, Roxburghshire

William Robson, (10)

Son, Scholar

Ancrum, Roxburghshire

Christopher Robson, (6)

Son, Scholar

Ancrum, Roxburghshire

 

The Census of Scotland 1881

On the night of the Census of Scotland 1881, the following were living at Bellsbutts Village, Ancrum, Roxburgh.

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Thomas Robson, (68)

Agricultural Labourer

Jedburgh, Roxburghshire

Christina Robson, (58)

Agricultural Labourer’s Wife

Linton, Roxburghshire

William Robson, (20)

Son, Agricultural Labourer

Ancrum, Roxburghshire

Christopher Robson, (16)

Son, Agricultural

Ancrum, Roxburghshire

John Robson, (1)

Grandson

Ancrum, Roxburghshire

Mary W. Robson, (24)

Daughter-in-Law

St Boswells, Roxburghshire

Thomas Robson, (1)

Grandson

Ancrum, Roxburghshire

 

The Census of Scotland 1891

On the night of the Census of Scotland 1891, the following were living at Main Street, West Calder, Midlothian.

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Christina Robson, (69)

Head, Annuitant

Morebattle, Roxburghshire

Christopher Robson, (26)

Son, Police Constable

Ancrum, Roxburghshire

John Robson, (11)

Grandson, Scholar

Ancrum, Roxburgh

 

The Census of Scotland 1901

On the night of the Census of Scotland 1901, the following were living at Main Street, Lasswade, Midlothian.

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Christopher Robson, (36)

Police Constable

Ancrum, Roxburghshire

Mary Robson, (31)

Wife

Midcalder, Midlothian

Jane Robson, (1)

Daughter

Lasswade, Midlothian

 

The Census of Scotland 1911

On the night of the Census of Scotland 1911, the following were living at Main Street, West Calder, Midlothian.

 

Name & Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Christopher Robson, (46)

Police Sergeant, County Constabulary

Ancrum, Roxburghshire

Mary Robson, (41)

Wife

Midcalder, Midlothian

Jane L. Robson, (11)

Daughter, Scholar

Roslin, Midlothian

Christian B. Robson, (8)

Daughter, Scholar

Roslin, Midlothian

Thomas A. Robson, (6)

Son, Scholar

Roslin, Midlothian

Mary C. Robson

Daughter, Scholar

Roslin, Midlothian

Archibald C. Robson, (2)

Daughter

Dalkeith, Midlothian

Midlothian Constabulary, Musselburgh Division, 1925. Superintendent Christopher Robson, front row, centre.

He served as a Police Constable in Dalkeith, Newbattle Colliery and then West Calder.

 

 Constable Robson was later stationed at East Calder, Headquarters, New Craighall and Roslin.

 

In 1900, he was promoted to Police Sergeant and was transferred to Dalkeith.

 

In 1913, he was promoted to Inspector in charge of the ‘Home Division’ of Midlothian Constabulary, based at Corstorphine. This covered Blackhall, Corstorphine, Cramond, Davidson’s Mains, Balerno, Currie, Colinton, Hermiston, Juniper Green and Slateford.

 

In 1919, Inspector Robson was transferred to Headquarters, the County Buildings, Edinburgh,  as Detective Inspector.

 

Detective Inspector Robson was promoted to Superintendent at Musselburgh in 1924.

 

He retired on pension  in 1928.

Retirement from Midlothian Constabulary 1928

Christopher Robson retired from Midlothian Constabulary in 1928. The newspaper cuttings below describe his career and his leaving of the force.

Musselburgh News, Friday 18 May 1928, Page 3.
Superintendent Christopher Robson, Midlothian Constabulary on his retirement in 1928. He is wearing the medal ribbons of the 1903 and 1911 medals.
Musselburgh News, Friday 18 May 1928, Page 3.

The End of the Story

 

Register of Deaths in the District of Canongate & Portobello in the City of Edinburgh

 

Christopher Robson, (79), Superintendent of Police (Retired), Widower of Mary Lawson Cunningham, died on 17 June 1944 at 32 Montgomery Street, Edinburgh. His son, Thomas A. Robson, registered his death.

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