Detective Lieutenant ARCHIE CARMICHAEL was a native of Easdale, Argyllshire, and came to Glasgow in 1859 to join the Glasgow Police. Within five years he was promoted to Sergeant and in 1869 he found his true vocation as a Detective Officer. He had brilliant abilities and untiring energy and perseverance which lead him to be known as "Glasgow's Sherlock Holmes"

He served 30 of his 41 years service as a Detective and had a hand in every important case in that time. Such was the high regard in which he was held, that the rank of Detective Lieutenant was specially created for him. On one occasion, when the Town Council was discussing increased salaries with the Chief Constable, they granted a larger salary increase only to Detective Carmichael. Archie Carmichael retired in the summer of 1900 and died shortly thereafter.

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