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Constable Crimes - surely not!

You would think that my namesakes would avoid making a career in law enforcement - but you'd be wrong! I've found a surprising number of people who have done just that. Remember that all variants (Chrimes, Crimes, Chrymes and Crymes) are pronounced "crimes". Here are the ones who I have found so far:

The three earliest references are to "constables":

Bearing in mind that the first proper police force was not established in England until 1829 (in London), William, Thomas and Samuel were very early provincial "constables" indeed.

There are two cases where the son followed the father into the profession:

We also find that (in chronological order):

One example stands out here - that of Thomas CHRIMES b.1775 Warrington who was the son of a humble brewer and slater. Thomas had 12 siblings, but 6 of them died in infancy. Despite this tragedy, of Thomas's surviving siblings, his brother Joseph's son Joseph became mayor of Warrington, and his brother Edward founded the highly successful CHRIMES of Rotherham dynasty. Thomas moved to London before 1807, which is where he became an Articled Clerk in 1809. By 1816 he had risen to be an "attorney". He died in 1834 at the age of 58 years.
Thomas's son, Thomas CHRIMES b.1807 London had also become an "attorney" by 1841 and had retired to Brighton before his death at the age of 52 years.

Others in the legal profession include 4 within the Virginia branch of CRYMES:


David CHRIMES and Deborah CHRIMES work in the legal profession.

Not only is it surprising to me that ANY of my namesakes have chosen a career in law enforcement and the legal profession, but it seems that the number is disproportionally high compared to the general population. I have not attempted to prove this analytically, so perhaps it's a case of - if you look hard enough for something, you'll find it.

Of course, there have been plenty of cases where my namesakes have found themselves on the wrong side of the law, charges ranging from riding a bicycle without a light to murder. See, for instance, the stories on this website:

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March 2019 David Chrimes

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