Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

11/11/2004

SIR ROBERT “BOBBY” PEEL (1788 – 1850)

In Britain today all policemen are commonly referred to as ‘Bobbies’! Originally though, they were known as ‘Peelers’ as they were the creation of one Sir Robert Peel.

The Peelers were the Metropolitan Police Force, which Sir Robert founded when he was Home Secretary in Lord Liverpool’s Tory Cabinet.

Today it is hard to believe that Britain in the early 1800’s did not have a professional Police Force and that one had to be created.

Sir Robert Peel had already established the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1812, and it had proved to be a great success. It became obvious that something similar to the Irish force was needed in London, so in 1829 the Metropolitan Police Act was passed which provided permanently appointed and paid Constables.

For more information go to the link on the rhs ” Welcome to History UK – the History of England!”

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