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Fri 13 December 2019
After joining the Police force on 7th March 1840, Duncan McRae became the first and only constable in the Bootle area of Liverpool at that time, England and later became known as "The Father of Bootle Police". A huge portrait of McRae hung in the Bootle Town Hall for many years and his tipstaff was presented to Bootle Museum.

Duncan McRaePossibly known as 'Willie', McRae married Jane Howarth, thought to be housekeeper to Lady Chorley, in Chorley, Lancashire and had a daughter named Ann who married into the Olsen family.

A family anecdote suggests that Duncan was dismissed from the police force for desertion on 5th November 1851 after refusing to proceed against striking miners, but this is not reflected in his service record.

McRae died in 1890 aged 98.

Photo: Steuart Holding

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