Willie McFarlane is honorary curator of the Tayside Police Museum and a well-known and humorous speaker on the history of the Police. He spent 30 years in the service, joining the former Perth & Kinross Constabulary in 1974.
Prior to 1949 there were many small police forces in the county, including Montrose Burgh Police, which amalgamated to form Angus Constabulary. That force is now part of Tayside Police - until last year Eastern Division, but now preparing for the single Scottish force. Willie’s talk goes back to the formation of the former police forces, why they were necessary, and the role played by the Kirk in keeping the peace in the Burgh before the Bobbies pounded the beat.
He will also talk about his work as Curator of Tayside Police Museum, preserving the history of the force in 19th and 20th century Dundee. He will show examples of the many fascinating records and artefacts held in the museum including photographs, documents, truncheons, and handcuffs.
The talk for Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society will be held at Montrose Museum at 7.30pm on Tuesday, February 14. Doors open 7pm.