Chief Constables of Glasgow

The table below shows the chief officers of the Glasgow Police .   

Note: James Buchanan (1779-81) and Richard Marshall (1789-91) headed two forces which preceded the Glasgow Police Act of 30 June 1800.

Both small forces failed through lack of finance.

Click on the names to see photographs and biographies (where available).

Rank Name Date

INSPECTOR OF POLICE

JAMES BUCHANAN

02/03/1779 – 05/04/1781

INTENDENT OF POLICE

RICHARD MARSHALL

26/11/1789 – 1791

MASTER OF POLICE

JOHN STENHOUSE

29/09/1800 – 05/09/1803

MASTER OF POLICE

WALTER GRAHAM

05/09/1803 – 02/09/1805

MASTER OF POLICE

JAMES MITCHELL

02/09/1805 – 05/07/1821

SUPERINTENDENT

JAMES HARDIE

05/07/1821 – 21/07/1825

SUPERINTENDENT

JOHN GRAHAM

21/7/1825 – 01/03/1832

SUPERINTENDENT

F.G.DENOVAN

01/03/1832 – 24/01/1833

SUPERINTENDENT

JOHN WATSON

24/01/1833 – 10/04/1836

SUPERINTENDENT

HENRY MILLER

10/04/1836 – 1844

SUPERINTENDENT

ARCHIBALD WILSON

1844 – 05/04/1847

CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT

WILLIAM PEARCE

05/04/1847- 10/04/1848

CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT

HENRY MILLER

10/04/1848 – 18/12/1848

CHIEF SUPT / CHIEF CONSTABLE

JAMES SMART

18/12/1848 – 07/06/1870

CHIEF CONSTABLE

ALEXANDER McCALL

07/06/1870 – 05/04/1888

CHIEF CONSTABLE

JOHN BOYD

05/04/1888 – 02/04/1902

CHIEF CONSTABLE

JAMES V. STEVENSON

02/04/1902 – 01/04/1922

CHIEF CONSTABLE

ANDREW D. SMITH

01/04/1922 – 01/12/1931

CHIEF CONSTABLE

PERCY J. SILLITOE

01/12/1931 – 01/03/1943

CHIEF CONSTABLE

DAVID WARNOCK

01/03/1943 – 01/09/1943

CHIEF CONSTABLE

MALCOLM McCULLOCH

01/09/1943 – 01/01/1960

CHIEF CONSTABLE

JAMES A. ROBERTSON

01/01/1960 – 06/04/1971

CHIEF CONSTABLE

DAVID McNEE

06/04/1971 – 16/05/1975