Posted January 22, 2013 10:13 am by Hazel Stewart
If you are researching the police in Scotland then you may be interested in the following titles in the library collections. Lothian and Borders is covered in ‘A History of the Lothian and Borders Police’ by Tom W Archibald, 1990, while if your interest is further north, ‘The History of the Perthshire & Kinross-shire Constabularies’ by Willie MacFarlane, 2010 may help with your research.
If you have some old police badges or other items of memorabilia, you may be able to find out more about them from ‘Scottish Insignia as used by old Police Forces’, by John C Green, 2008. This book provides a brief history of the old Scottish police forces and lists and photographs of identifiable items associated with them.
If you have an ancestor who was in the Edinburgh police in the early nineteenth century, then ‘The Edinburgh Police Register 1815-1859′, edited by Peter Ruthven-Murray, 1991, may provide more details. It includes information such as warrant numbers, date of joining, age at joining, height, facial characteristics, marital status, trade or occupation before joining and reason for leaving, amongst other details.