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Sir Robert Anderson (1841–1918) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary. He himself described his more distant forebears as 'among the Scotch colonists who made ...

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Bacon, Sir Ranulph Robert Maunsell (1906–1988), police officer, was born on 6 August 1906 at 30 Ridgmount Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, the only son of Arthur Ranulph Bacon (1872–1949), electrical engineer, and his wife, Hester Mary Ayles. There was at least one sister, Joan Alice Mary (Mrs Bury)...

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Sir Edward Ridley Colborne Bradford, first baronet (1836–1911) by Henry Tanworth Wells, 1900 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradford, Sir Edward Ridley Colborne, first baronet (1836–1911), administrator in India and police officer, was born on 27 July 1836 at Hambleden Cottage, Buckinghamshire, the second son of William Mussage Kirkwall Bradford (1806–1872), who was rector successively of Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire; Weeke, Hampshire...

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Kelland, Gilbert James (1924–1997), police officer, was born on 17 March 1924 at Pickwell, near Georgeham, Devon, the only child of Edith Kelland, an unmarried domestic servant. Brought up by his grandparents, he attended Georgeham village school and Braunton secondary school before starting work at fourteen as a clerk at a local firm of agricultural merchants....

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Kitchen, Jane (d. 1658), farmer and parish constable, lived in Upton by Southwell in Nottinghamshire. Nothing is known of her early life. In 1619 she married John Kitchen (d. 1643), yeoman and churchwarden, son of John Kitchen of Upton, outside the parish of ...

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Mayne, Sir Richard (1796–1868), police officer, fourth son of Edward Mayne, a judge of the court of king's bench in Ireland, was born in Dublin on 27 November 1796. He graduated BA from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1818, proceeding to Trinity College, Cambridge...

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Nadin, Joseph (1765–1848), police officer, son of Joseph Nadin, farmer, was born at Fairfield, near Buxton, Derbyshire. At the age of twelve he began work at Stockport, Cheshire, and was subsequently successful in business as a master spinner. He married Mary Rowlinson in 1792 and they had several children. In 1802 ...

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O'Halloran, Thomas Shuldham (1797–1870), army officer and police chief in Australia, was born on 25 October 1797 at Berhampore, India, the second son of Major-General Sir Joseph O'Halloran (1763–1843) and his wife, Frances (1773–1835), the daughter of Colonel Nicholas Bayly and the niece of the ...

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Payne, William (1717/18–1782), carpenter and constable, was probably born in London; details of his parents and background are unknown. He is now best remembered for his activities from the late 1750s in policing London streets and as an agitator against the capital's Roman Catholic community, but he worked first as a carpenter. He was apprenticed to a master in ...

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Peto, Dorothy Olivia Georgiana (1886–1974), police officer, was born at Littlecroft, Emery Down, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, on 15 December 1886, the second daughter in the family of two sons and four daughters of Morton Kelsall Peto (1845–1921), a partner in the family building business who was also known as a landscape artist, and his wife, ...

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Sir Charles Rowan (1782?–1852) by William Salter, 1834–40 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rowan, Sir Charles (1782?–1852), army officer and police officer, was born in co. Antrim, the fifth son of Robert Rowan (1754–1832) of Garry, co. Antrim, and North Lodge, Carrickfergus, and Mary, daughter of Hill Wilson of Purdysburn, co. Down. Field Marshal Sir William Rowan...

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Russell, Sir Thomas Wentworth (1879–1954), police officer in the Egyptian service, was born on 22 November 1879 at Wollaton rectory, fourth child and third son of the Revd Henry Charles Russell (1842–1922), grandson of the sixth duke of Bedford, and his wife, Leila Louisa Millicent Willoughby (...

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Sirr, Henry Charles (1764?–1841), police officer, born in Dublin Castle probably on 25 November 1764, was fifth, but eldest surviving, son of Major Joseph Sirr (1715–1799), who, on retiring from the army after twenty years' service, was appointed to the post of chief of the ...

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Tegart, Sir Charles Augustus (1881–1946), police officer in India, was born in Londonderry on 5 October 1881, the second son of Joseph Poulter Tegart, Church of Ireland clergyman, and his wife, Georgina Johnston. His father was rector of Dunboyne, co. Meath. Educated at ...

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Sir (Charles Edward) Howard Vincent (1849–1908) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Vincent, Sir (Charles Edward) Howard (1849–1908), politician and police administrator, born at Slinfold, Sussex, on 31 May 1849, was the second and eldest surviving son of the five sons of Sir Frederick Vincent, eleventh baronet (1798–1883), rector of Slinfold and prebendary of Chichester Cathedral...

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Sir Charles Warren (1840–1927) by Barraud, pubd 1888 © National Portrait Gallery, London