Why Are Detectives Called Private Eyes?

A detective is nicknamed a private eye from the earliest detective agency, The Pinkerton Agency.

The Pinkerton Agency

The Pinkerton Agency was formed in 1850 in the United States of America by Glasgow, Scotland born Alan Pinkerton.

Alan Pinkerton

Alan Pinkerton moved to the USA in 1840 where he worked as a Cooper in Dundee, Illinois. However he developed an interest and talent for detection and formed the famous agency.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The Drummer Boy

The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.

It is packed with trivia about the Napoleonic War, His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen, the history of Tidworth Military Hospital and about modern day nursing and emergency first aid as well as the battlefield medical care during the Battle of Waterloo.

Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.

If you like this page and would like to easily share it with your friends and family please use the social networking buttons below:

      submit to reddit

In 1861 they foiled an attempted assassination on the President, Abraham Lincoln during a train journey from Philadelphia to Washington.

Pinkerton Detectives helped to track down outlaws such as Jesse James and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The Pinkerton Detectives were identified by a badge with their logo of an eye with the phrase We Never Sleep. Hence the slang words private eye.

More crime trivia questions and answers.

Automatically Add Us To Your Favourites Folder - Bookmark Us.

We are seeking fascinating facts to send to our twitter followers. If you would like to send us some then we will retweet it to our followers and include your @ name as a thank you, which can help you in turn get more followers. Just send it to the Uttertrivia Twitter account.

© Site contents copyright UtterTrivia.com 2005 - 2017. All rights reserved.
Privacy/Disclaimer Policy