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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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Conant, Sir Nathaniel (1745–1822), bookseller and police magistrate, was born on 10 April 1745, the sixth of eight sons of John Conant, rector of Hastingleigh and vicar of Elmstead, Kent, and his wife, Mary, daughter of the Revd William Wake. Four of his older brothers died in childhood or early adolescence. The ...

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Walter Dew (1863–1947) by World's Graphic Press, 1910 [left] collection of Stewart P. Evans

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Dew, Walter (1863–1947), police officer, was born at Far Cotton, Northampton, on 7 April 1863, the third son among the ten children of Walter Dew (c.1822–1884), railway guard, and his Irish-born wife, Eliza, née Fisher (c.1832–1914). The Dew family moved to ...

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Dighton, William (1717–1769), excise officer and murder victim, was born in 1717, though further details of his family and early life are unknown. His first post was in Gloucester in 1741; thereafter he worked in Evesham, Worcestershire, and Woodstock, Oxfordshire. By 1758 Dighton...

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Sir Herbert Layard Dowbiggin (1880–1966) by unknown photographer [front row, third from right] The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS Ind. Ocn S. 19

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Dowbiggin, Sir Herbert Layard (1880–1966), colonial police officer, was born in Cotta, Ceylon, on 26 December 1880, the eldest surviving son among the four sons and four daughters of the Revd Richard Thomas Dowbiggin (1838–1901), who was in charge of the Church Missionary Society...

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Halland, Gordon Herbert Ramsay (1888–1981), police officer, was born at the vicarage, Witham on the Hill, Lincolnshire, on 13 April 1888, the elder son (there were also two older daughters) of John Thomas Halland (1857–1941), vicar of Witham on the Hill and later rector of ...

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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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Lionel Arthur Lindsay (1861–1945) by J. Forrest & Sons Glamorgan Archives, DSWPA/PH/MOU5

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Lindsay, Lionel Arthur (1861–1945), police officer, was born at Mansion House, St Mary's, Brecon, on 27 March 1861, the third son in the family of six sons and one daughter of Henry Gore Lindsay (1830–1914), army officer and chief constable, and his wife, ...

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Macnaghten, Sir Melville Leslie (1853–1921), police officer, was born at Woodford, Essex, on 16 June 1853, the sixth son of Elliot Macnaghten (1807–1888), later of Ovingdean Hall, near Brighton, Sussex, a director and subsequently chairman of the East India Company, and his first wife, ...

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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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McHardy, John Bunch Bonnemaison (1801–1882), naval and police officer, was born at New Providence, Bahamas, on 3 December 1801, the only surviving son of Robert McHardy, who had emigrated from Braemar to join his brother in business, and his wife, Mary Dean, née...

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Moriarty, Cecil Charles Hudson (1877–1958), police officer, was born at Tralee, co. Kerry, on 28 January 1877, the son of Thomas Alexander Moriarty, rector of Millstreet, co. Cork, in the then disestablished Church of Ireland, and his wife, Rosa, née Hickson. He was a grandson of ...