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Thomas Lindsay, senior policeman,
Move to Belfast:
He moved by 1830 to the Belfast Town Police (also called "Belfast Borough Police"). This was a constabulary for Belfast, not the national constabulary.
There is no service record found for him in the national constabulary service records (only includes those who were serving in national constabulary in 1836 and later).
At retirement 1860 it is said he has 36 yrs service (since 1824). It is unclear if this is Belfast alone, or all police service.
Chief Constable of Belfast, 1830-60:
He became Chief Night Constable of Belfast in Jan 1830 [Griffin, 1997].
He mar 14 Oct 1830, Dromore, Co.Down [LDS], NOT Belfast, to Catherine Spencer [dau of William Spencer of Belfast], no issue.
She is "Catherine" in most records, but is "Catharine" on grave, which was erected by her husband.
Belfast Newsletter, Friday, 13 April, 1832, describes him as "Chief Constable of the night watch".
He became Chief Day Constable (i.e. Chief Constable) of Belfast.
He is listed in [Matier's Belfast Directory 1835-36] as "chief constable of police", living 7 Catherine St North (see map and streetview).
Rev. T.E. Lindsay says he is listed in list of voters for Belfast, 1835. (todo) See.
He is listed in [Martin's Belfast Directory 1839] as "chief day constable", living Catherine St North.
Freemans Journal, November 2, 1839, refers to a seizure of arms in Belfast by "Mr. Lindsay, chief constable".
He is listed with an office at Police Place (now Victoria Square, see map), in [Martin's Belfast Directory 1841-1842].
He is listed as living 7 Catherine St in [Martin's 1841-1842] and [Martin's 1842-1843].
He is listed
as Chief Day Constable in
[Henderson's Belfast Directory, 1843-44].
at Wills' Place, Belfast.
The 1857 riots:
Thomas Lindsay, "Chief Constable, Police-Office, Belfast",
is mentioned in a note about a robbery in The Times, October 10th 1857 (page 7).
Rev. T.E. Lindsay
says Thomas is listed in 1860 Belfast directory at
2 Claremont place.
He is listed
at 2 Claremont place
[1861 Belfast / Ulster Street Directory].
[PRO.NI] describes him at death 1861 as "Gentleman" of "Mount Pottinger, Co.Down" (Mountpottinger, Ballymacarrett).
Catherine's sister Jane Spencer, spinster, was living with him at Mount Pottinger at his death 1861.
Thomas dies, 1861:
Obituary says he was suddenly struck on 18 Oct 1861 with paralysis, from which he never recovered.
His will dated 22 Oct 1861, written during his final illness. Mentions his other brothers but not William.
He died Wed morning, 30 Oct 1861, at his residence, "Mount Pottinger" [NAI], age 67 yrs.
See brief obituary in Northern Whig, 31 Oct 1861, [NLI] Hardcopy O.S.S.
See brief death notice in Northern Whig, 1 Nov 1861.
See obituary and short death notice, Belfast Morning News, 1 Nov 1861, [NLI] microfilm.
See short death notice, Belfast Newsletter, 1 Nov 1861, [NLI] microfilm.
See short death notice, Belfast Morning News, 2 Nov 1861, [NLI] microfilm.
He was bur 2nd November 1861 with wife at Knockbreda church, Belfast.
Notes of Rev. T.E. Lindsay say there was a burial entry in Knockbreda parish register. (todo) See.
His will survives in [PRO.NI], No. 1743, ID 2753.
Will proven 25th November 1861 at Belfast, amount under £1,500.
Jane Spencer was one of the executors of his will.
Mount Pottinger in [Taylor and Skinner, 1777].
Grave of Thomas Lindsay, Knockbreda Church.
Photo by Yvonne Russell. Smaller version posted here. See full size. Used with permission.
See close-up upper and lower.
Location of grave: Inside church grounds. Go into church from road. Go to LHS of church. Go to back a bit.
Photo above shows rounded side part of church visible on LHS of picture. This view is looking back towards the road and entrance.