Policemen of Lewis

Here are the Policemen from 1861-1901 arranged by the Parish in which they were residing:

1861
STORNOWAY
William Grant, 46, Police Constable, Head, 3 Kenneth Street, b. Abernethy, Inverness

1869
UIG
Alexander Macleod, PC. 11Callanish

1871
STORNOWAY
Roderick Maclean, 27, Superintendent of Police, 19 Kenneth St-Police Office, Head, b Hilar City, Inverness-shire
Murdo Mackay, 30, Police Constable, Lodger,. Foddery, Ross
John Ross, 24, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Creich, Sutherlandshire

BARVAS
William Grant, 56, Police Constable, Head, South Galston, b. Abernethy

LOCHS
Kenneth Mackenzie, 39, Police Constable, Head, Balallan, b. Fodderty, Ross

John Mackay, 26, Police Man, Visitor, Eishken Lodge, b. Parr, S Shire

1881
STORNOWAY
Donald Cameron, 45, Superintendent of Police, 19 (Police Office), Head, b. Fodderty, Ross
John Maciver, 33, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Uig, Ross
John Maciver, 29, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Stornoway
Donald Cameron, 24, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Latheron, Caithness

BARVAS
William Grant, 56, Police Constable, Head, Policeman’s Cottage 26, b. Grantown, Inverness

Roderick Macleod, 22, Police Constable, Boarder, 49 Habost, b. Nis, Inverness

LOCHS
Hugh Fraser, 45, Police Constable, Head, Laxay, b. Urquhart, Ross

Norman Montgomery, 34, Police Constable, Head, Borowston, Carloway, b. Lochs, Ross

1891
STORNOWAY
Hector Smith, 45, Superintendent of Police, Head, Police Station, b. Lochs, Ross

Murdo Urquhart, 32, Police Constable, Head, Police Station, b. Gairloch, Ross

John Maciver, 43, Sergeant of Police, Head, 89, Cromwell Street, b. Uig, Ross
Donald Ross, 26, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Ross
David Graham, 22, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Rosskeen, Ross

Robert M Alexander, 28, Police Constable, Boarder, 7 Castle Street, b. Stonar, Sutherland

William Hutcheson, 28, Police Constable, Head, Private House, b. Conon Bridge, Ross

BARVAS
Norman Smith, 40, Sergeant of Police, Head, Township Road Crofter’s House, b. Lochs, Ross

Peter Smith, 26, Police Constable, Head, Policeman’s House, b. Lochs, Ross

Neil Mackenzie, 26, Police Constable, Lodger, Borve, b. Strathpeffer, Ross

UIG
John A Mackay, 26, Police Constable, Boarder, Valtos, b. Alness, Ross

William Munro, 27, Police Constable, Lodger, 6 Lochganvich, b. Alness, Ross

LOCHS
Hugh Fraser, 56, Police Constable, Head, No 40 Laxay, b. Urquhart, Ross

John Macleod, 29, Police Constable, Visitor, Private, Orinsay, b. Carloway

1901
STORNOWAY
Robert M Alexander, 36, Sergeant of Police, Head, 48 Cromwell Street, b. Creich, Sutherland

John Macdonald, 24, Police Constable, Boarder, 62 Keith Street, b. Dingwall, Ross
Donald Munro, 24, Police Constable, Boarder, b. Alness, Ross

John Macleod, 40, Police Constable, Boarder, 44 Point Street, b. Uig, Ross
Andrew Ross, 44, Police Constable, Boarder, b. Tain, Ross

John Macarthur, 37, Police Constable, Head, Garrabost Police Station, b. Breasclete, Ross

John Macdonald, 31, Police constable, Visitor, No 47 Upper Payble, b. Portroller, Ross

William Munro, 35, Police Constable, Head, Police Station Coll, b. Rosskeen, Ross

(Walter E Blythe, Retired ? ? ? Police ? ?, Boarder, 27 Cromwell Street, b. England)

BARVAS
John Maciver, 49, Police Sergeant, Head, Police Station Lower Barvas, b. Uig, Ross

Archibald Macarthur, 26, Police Constable, Head, Police Station, b. Uig, Ross

UIG
Kenneth Maciver, 28, Police Constable, Boarder, 30c Valtos, b. Uig, Ross

LOCHS
John Kennedy, 34, Police Constable, Nephew, School house, b. Lochs, Ross

(Hugh Fraser, 67, Ex Police Constable, Head, Police Constable’s House)

We see the gradual extension of policing across the island from Stornoway via Barvas and Lochs and latterly into Uig*. Nevertheless, the emphasis throughout is in the populated urban capital of Lewis which is not surprising but these records at least provide us with an indication of the scale of island policing at the time.

*The 1869 reference to the Uig Police Constable can be found in the comment below:

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