Kindred Societies

There are in fact 3 other Societies of High Constables across Scotland.

The High Constables and Guard of Honour of Holyroodhouse

This is the smallest with 30 members who are answerable to the hereditary keeper of the Bailie of Holyrood, the Duke of Hamilton, undertaking ceremonial duties in the Palace of Holyrood when the monarch is present or represented.

The High Constables of Edinburgh

The largest of the 4 with 276 members split into 23 wards, The Society of High Constables of Edinburgh can trace its history back to 1611 when it was formed following an Act of James VI. Today the Society provides a ceremonial role for the City of Edinburgh Council. There is also a separate charity constituted under the name of The Charitable Trust of the Society of High Constables of Edinburgh.

The High Constables for the Port of Leith

With 50 members and a history from the 17th century their duties are very similar to the others and included a requirement to "immediately attend on the spot, with their large batoons, in order to give instructions for the working of the engines, and for keeping off the mob"  Being based around a port, their duties extended to include the suppression of piracy and smuggling.

Kindred Societies of High Constables


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