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TitleSociety of High Constables of the City of Perth
HistoryThe Society of High Constables of the City of Perth dates from 1830 when the constables were renamed high constables to distinguish them from the paid police force of the burgh, although the origins of the society go back much further. As a result of its strong links with the lord provost and magistrates many of the earlier references to the town’s constables can be found among the burgh records. 1843 was the last time that the high constables were called out to help the magistrates quell a major disturbance, since then the official role of the Society has been mainly a ceremonial one. The high constables are in attendance at royal visits, freedom ceremonies and annual events like the kirking of the council. There is also a social side to the Society and Society scrapbooks contain much material concerning the annual dinners and outings. The Society consists of not more than 100 members and its office bearers consist of the moderator, ex-moderator, vice-moderator, the captain of each of the six divisions, secretary, treasurer, custodier, auditor, chaplain, physician, solicitor and jeweller.
DescriptionMinute books, 1850-1984; Attendance register, 1900-1920; Scrapbooks, 1867-1931.
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