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Mason work for police station 1861
Mason work for police station 1861

Specification of mason work to be done in erecting a police station at Dornoch conform to accompanying drawings. Describes details of required method of construction for proposed police station. Some sketches within document but accompanying drawings missing. Site described as "to the eastward of the Prison on the east side of the burn and the north front of the Station is to be on a line with the north front of the Prison". The work was to be completed by 20th July 1862. Was it ever built? 4 sheets sewn.
Picture added on 06 October 2008
The building would appear to have been the one erected next to the Courthouse, which was used as the Police Station until the present one was occupied in the early 1980s.

From the Minutes of the Commissioners of Supply for the County of Sutherland held on 30 April 1861:

"The meeting do further assess a sum of £400 towards the expense of erecting a Police Station in Dornoch ... in terms of a pledge given (to) Colonel Kinloch, Her Majesty's Inspector of the Constabulary force in Scotland, as the condition under which he reported the police force of this County efficient, entitling them to draw the Government allowance of 25 per cent, but this sum was not to be collected before the first day of October

Mr Kinloch in his annual Report (in April 1862) reported that plans were well advanced. His plan had worked for once. Not all Counties and Burgh Police authorities were prepared to work with him - many stubbornly resisted his proposals!

Then, at the Annual Meeting of the Commissioners held on 30/4/1862, when it came to calculating the Police Assessment:

"The Commissioners do therefore assess ... in the sum of £380, with a further sum of £300 to complete the Police Station now in the course of erection in the Burgh of Dornoch."

Then on 30th April 1863, the Police Assessment came to:

"£850 including a balance due to the Bank disbursed on account of erecting the new Police Station."

Value for money was important, and value the people of Sutherland got! That building would be used as a Police Station for nearly 120 years!

Dave Conner
Police Historian
Added by Dave Conner on 04 November 2008
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