PC Archibald Johnston – Lanarkshire Constabulary

PC Archibald Johnston

Lanarkshire Constabulary 1895 to 1927

Archibald Johnston was born on the 12 March 1873 at Broad Street in Campbeltown, Argyll.

He joined Lanarkshire Constabulary on the 30th September 1895 and was posted to Cambusnethan in Wishaw.

On the 5th June 1896 he married Mary Ann Lamberton, a Carpet Factory Hand, at the Church of Scotland, Elderslie.

By 1897 Archibald had transferred to New Lanark and was living at Double Row, New Lanark. He and Mary Ann had two daughters whilst stationed there.

Archibald was a keen sportsman and specialised in the tug-o-war team winning several medals.

  Lanarkshire Constabulary Tug-o-War Winners Medal 1899 – PC Archibald Johnston


  Lanarkshire Constabulary Tug-o-War Team circa 1900 – PC Johnston Back Row second from the right

By 1911 he had transferred to The Dalzell Estate in Motherwell residing at the Dalzell Camp Cottages. It is likely that the estate paid Lanarkshire Constabulary for his services as a Constable on the estate.

Between 1911 and 1922 Archibald worked at Stonehouse, Strathaven and Busby.

In 1922 his wife died aged 57 years. At this time Archibald was working as a Senior Police Constable at Busby Police Station.

Archibald retired from Lanarkshire Constabulary on the 14th December 1927 with 32 years and 2 months exemplary service.


Lanarkshire Constabulary Discharge Certificate – PC Archibald Johnston


On the 27th January 1927, at the age of 54, Archibald re-married a 40 year old widow, Wiiliamina Harley or Fleming, at the Baptist Church, Woodlands Crescent, Falkirk. Williamina’s husband had been killed in World War I.

In 1928 Archibald and Williamina had a daughter, Irene. She was born in the Police house at Westerton Avenue in Busby.

Archibald died on the 11th of February 1969 aged 95 years and 11 months.

The photographs were kindly provided by his daughter Irene who lives in Dreghorn, Ayrshire.



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