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Constable Richard WHITE (56)

07 Nov 1870
Dundee City Police

PC White died two weeks sustaining a head injury after losing his footing and falling downstairs in a common close early in the morning.


Sergeant James WATSON (48)

18 Sep 1870
Dundee City Police

PS Watson died whilst assisting at the scene of a fire in Trades Lane Dundee. Part of the wall collapsed on him and the Fire Brigade Superintendent burying them under blazing debris.


Inspector Lachlan MCKINNON (39)

01 Jan 1869
Greenock Burgh Police

PI McKinnon died after he was stabbed by a male who was causing a disturbance in Hamilton Street Greenock. He was survived by his wife and young family.


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Constable Thomas MUTCH (29)

01 Dec 1868
Edinburgh City Police

PC Mutch died of a head injury two weeks after he was assaulted as he attempted to arrest the ringleaders at a disturbance in Grassmarket Edinburgh. A large group emerged from neighbouring closes and attacked him and his colleague whereby he was struck on the eye with a poker.


Constable John WILSON (29)

10 Oct 1868
Leith Burgh Police

PC Wilson was mustering in Leith police station preparing for night duty when he collapsed suddenly and died.


Constable William SWAN (27)

27 Aug 1868
Dundee City Police

PC Swan died after he was blown into the King William Dock in Dundee and drowned.


Constable Robert CAMPBELL (46)

05 Nov 1863
City of Glasgow Police

PC Campbell died after he was assaulted by a drunken male who was acting suspiciously in a common close. He was survived by his wife and four children.


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Constable John MCARTHUR (30)

02 May 1861
City of Glasgow Police

PC McArthur died after he was found on his beat with serious head injuries having fallen down a narrow stair in George Street.


Constable Duncan CAMERON (26)

24 Oct 1860
City of Glasgow Police

PC Cameron died when he fell into the river Clyde and drowned as he patrolled the docks.


Constable Charles ANGUS (24)

06 Jun 1858
Edinburgh City Police

PC Angus died after he was stabbed whilst arresting a seaman who was causing a disturbance in the Canongate Edinburgh.


Constable Ewan MCDONALD (-)

22 Jun 1851
Dundee City Police

PC McDonald died when he was stabbed whilst dealing with a large scale disturbance in Arbroath Road Dundee. He was survived by his wife and child.


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Special Constable James ALEXANDER (-)

08 Mar 1848
City of Glasgow Police

Special Constable Alexander died when he was accidentally shot by `Army Pensioners` in John Street during the Glasgow Bread Riots. He was survived by his seven children.


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Police Watchman John COLQUHOUN (-)

04 Apr 1847
City of Glasgow Police

Watchman Colquhoun died of head injuries after he was apparently assaulted on night duty.


Constable Richard PACE (-)

01 Mar 1846
Edinburghshire Constabulary

PC Pace died after he and a railway policeman were attacked by a mob of navvies who had earlier been fighting with other officers. He was survived by his wife.


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Town Officer Thomas CORSTORPHIN (40)

19 Jan 1844
Burntisland Burgh

Town Officer Corstorphin died after being stabbed in the chest whilst attempting to execute an arrest warrant on a mentally deranged man who had been threatening members of the public.


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Constable William FORD (-)

22 Apr 1840
Edinburgh City Police

PC Ford died of injuries received on 17th March when he was assaulted by three men.


Watchman Joseph COLLIE (-)

26 Oct 1835
Aberdeen City Police

Watchman Collie Was blown into the harbour whilst returning from duty at Waterloo Quay and drowned. He was survived by his widow and young family. His commanding officer Superintendant Fyfe was so appalled by the meagre allowance granted to his widow and failure to properly finance the Night Watch that he tendered his resignation.


Special Constable Alexander ROSS (-)

12 Jul 1831
Girvan Burgh Police*

SC Ross was shot whilst policing a sectarian march which degenerated into a riot.

Although listed as Girvan Burgh Police, we are not aware of a formal police force ever having been established in the town. What is certain, is that SC Ross was serving his community at the time of his death.


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Police Watchman Henry PEARSON (-)

31 Jul 1820
Greenock Burgh Police

Watchman Pearson died when he was shot by drunken soldiers as he went to the aid of Watchman Robert Simpson who had been shot whilst trying to calm them down.


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Police Watchman Robert SIMPSON (-)

31 Jul 1820
Greenock Burgh Police

Watchman Simpson died when he was shot by drunken soldiers as he and Watchman Pearson tried to calm the situation.


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Police Watchman Dugald CAMPBELL (-)

03 Jan 1812
Edinburgh City Police

Watchman Campbell died after he was attacked by a mob as he intervened to stop a robbery during the Hogmany Riots.


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