Monday, 30 May 2011

History of Perthshire & Kinross-shire Constabularies

A quick shout now for a superb new publication from Willie MacFarlane entitled The History of the Perthshire and Kinross-shire Constabularies. This book describes the fascinating history of the county constabularies set up in the two counties in the 19th century, which were separate to burgh police forces such as that based in Perth.

Willie is the honorary curator of the Tayside Police Museum, and has very kindly been offering me some help and advice on a book project that I am currently working on. His own book on the history of the forces is not only a labour of love, but a real gem for those wishing to explore the crime fighting capability of the counties from their establishment to the present day. Slightly smaller than A4, this fully illustrated 71 page guide is a real joy to read - from my point of view particularly so as the murder of one of my ancestors is included, and for the first time ever I have been able to view an image of the man who led the investigation.

The book costs £10 +£1.50 p&p - please make a cheque payable to Thomas William MacFarlane and send to Willie MacFarlane, Carey Mill, Dunsinnan Road, Wolfhill, Perthshire, PH2 6DA. Alternatively it can be purchased at the bookshop in the A. K. Bell Library, where I was told last week it has been the fastest selling book they have ever had!

A fuller review will appear soon in Discover my Past Scotland magazine (


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