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Hamish Slorach is a detective normally assigned to Station House Five of the Toronto Constabulary first introduced in Season 3 of Murdoch Mysteries. He is portrayed by Patrick McKenna.

Appearances and Mentions

The Murdoch Identity

  • He was temporarily assigned to Station House No. 4 while William Murdoch was missing. He primarily bumbled along, as not the brightest bulb, and George Crabtree did most of the detective work aimed at determining what happened to Murdoch.
  • Keen on hunting, Detective Slorach has a rifle called 'Betsy' which he regards as more reliable than any woman, and a hunting dog called 'Betty', who smells something awful but she has got a nose of gold.
  • When told to avoid directly touching items at the crime scene, Detective Slorach confesses, "Finger marks? Never put much stock in them myself."

The Great Wall (mentioned)

Buffalo Shuffle (mentioned)

On the Waterfront Part 1 and Part 2

  • In Season 8 he is temporarily assigned to Thomas Brackenreid's position and walks in on William and Julia almost kissing. He seems to be taking his job lightly again, but is good-natured and humorous.
  • With a rare Scottish surname, Hamish's father is of Scottish descent and his mother, Dóra Slorach, is Hungarian, which comes in useful during an investigation.
  • Slorach tells Murdoch, "I might have an overly friendly demeanor, but I am an honest cop," who also has a deep appreciation for food.

Manual for Murder

  • Detective Hamish Slorach visits Station House No. 4, revealing to Brackenreid that he is retiring from the force and wants him to say a speech at the party. However, Slorach soon falls victim to one of the "copycat murder schemes". Fortunately he lives through it, but not unscathed. 

Forever Young

  • The retired  Slorach returns to assist Murdoch with Polly Townsend's case, revealing that he was the detective who worked the original missing persons case back in 1895.
  • Slorach meets Ray and Goldie Huckabee at the Murdoch Home, where his credo to never refuse food (of any kind) has William entertaining them without Julia; Later, this includes his dog, "Oh, let him go, it's not like he could get lost in here."


Murdoch Mysteries Recurring Actors and Characters
Daniel Maslany as Detective WattsShanice Banton as Violet HartLachlan Murdoch as Henry HigginsArwen Humphreys as Margaret BrackenreidCharles Vandervaart as John BrackenreidClare McConnell as Effie NewsomeBea Santos as Louise CherryPeter Keleghan as Terrence MeyersPeter Stebbings as James PendrickMatthew Bennett as Allen CleggNigel Bennett as former Chief Constable Giles • Siobhan Murphy as Ruth NewsomeShailene Garnett as Nomi JohnstonStephanie Belding as Nurse SullivanSebastian Pigott as Dr. DixonColin Mochrie as Ralph FellowsJames McGowan as Dr. ForbesPatrick McKenna as Hamish SlorachDmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola TeslaJohn Tench as Alexander Graham BellMartin Moreau as Theodore RooseveltCyrus Lane as Rupert NewsomeCraig Brown as Eddie CrawfordDavid Reale as Mr. ClementsErin Agostino as Nina BloomMouna Traoré as Rebecca JamesJordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate DesmondDylan Neal as Jasper LinneyKristian Bruun as Constable JacksonRichard Clarkin as Chief Constable DavisMichael Seater as James GilliesRothaford Gray as Alderman William Peyton HubbardCyrus Lane as Roger NewsomeGeorgina Reilly as Emily GraceCharlotte Sullivan as Charlotte (formerly Minerva Fairchild)Sean Harraher as Constable WorseleyTamara Hope as Edna Brooks (née Garrison)Giacomo Gianniotti as Leslie GarlandNicole Underhay as Margaret HaileSarah Gadon as Ruby OgdenKate Greenhouse as Sally PendrickStephen McHattie as Harry MurdochGeraint Wyn Davies as Arthur Conan Doyle