Introductory: Derivation of the term "Constable." Lord High Constable.
Constables of Castles. Constables of Hundreds and Tithings, &c. High and
Petty Constables. High Constables of the City of Edinburgh
Introductory: Disorderly condition of Edinburgh during the sixteenth and the
early part of the seventeenth centuries. Acts of Parliament, Privy Council,
and Town Council, for remeld. Institution of Constables in the City; their
duties in connection with the suppression of beggars, vagabonds,
night-walkers, &c.; the wearing of fire-arms; the watching and peace of the
city; the enforcement of the laws against Popery; the cleanliness of the
City; the provision by the citizens of befitting armour; the suppression of
profane swearing, &c.
1611-1700: Election of Constables in Edinburgh. Institution of Justices of
the Peace and Constables throughout the country. Orders and Injunctions for
City Constables, and General Articles and Injunctions for Constables.
Watching Arrangements of the City. Cleaning Arrangements of the City. Duties
of the Constables in relation to these, and as to strangers, lodgers, and
loose and dissolute persons within burgh, and as to Sunday observance, &c.
I701-1800: Orders for the internal regulation and discipline of the Society.
Elections of Constables. Legislation against Sunday profanation and
immorality. Duties of the Constables in enforcing that legislation, in
attending at fires, in assisting revenue officers, in taking up lists of
persons liable to serve as jurymen and in the militia, in attending
magistrates on public occasions, in preserving the peace, in assisting
recruiting officers, in preparing Parliamentary returns, &c. Donations by
the Society to charitable objects. "Instructions" to Constables in 1728,
1750, and 1786. Dangers attending execution of office. Services of the
Society connected with the rebellion in 1745. Duties of Constables in
relation to the watching and cleaning arrangements of the city. Festive
1801-1865: Elections of Constables. Regulations by the Town Council as to
the constitution and management of the Society. Question as to the relation
of the Society to the ordinary Police. Society authorised to assume the
distinctive title of "High Constables." Alterations in its numbers. Disputes
with the Town Council. Rules enacted by the Society for its internal
administration, and questions in connection therewith. Miscellaneous duties;
keeping the peace; collisions with the military authorities in the discharge
of that duty; attending magistrates at public ceremonials; preparation of
parliamentary returns, jury lists, and lists of persons liable to serve as
militia men. Philanthropic services. "High Constables' Volunteer Company."
Questions of Precedency with other Local Bodies. Loyal Addresses. Festive
Meetings. Annual Excursions, &c Insignia. General Observations, &c. .