CS033 Wilts Militia Orders 1759-1770


A4 softback 46 pages

There are two armies in Britain - the regular or professional army which was first established after the restoration of Charles 11 in 1661 and the part-time army which is a much older force tracing its roots back to the Anglo Saxon Ffyrd of King Alfred.

This part-time force has, at various times, consisted of many different types of soldiers from the straightforwardly named Volunteers and Rifle Volunteers to the Yeomanry, Fencibles, Territorials and Home Guard but the one consistent element from the very beginning up to the outbreak of World War II has been the Militia.With names of men, courts martial, promotions, demotions, discharges and the movement of the Wiltshire and some other Regiments of Militia.

As the original book was in chronological order, I decided to place the names into alphabetical order for easier reference. Some names appear with a star and a reference to the Ailesbury papers which shows that courts martial documentation has survived for them.

Some events were not possible to place within the text and these appear at the end of the index together with some relevant clauses from the 1761 Militia Act. It is hoped that this publication will prove to be of value to those family historians who may have 'lost' one or two of their Wiltshire ancestors, as well as being of interest to those concerned in the general history and movement of the Wiltshire Regiment of Militia during the Seven Years' War.

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This publication is presented in a public domain format (pdf) file which can be read by the program Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other program that will read pdf files. Searching can be undertaken by using the built in Adobe Reader search facility. Windows users can use bookmarks to drill down to individual index entries or to the nearest year for events in the transcripts. For Apple Mac users the file should open in Preview. Click the View button and select Table of Contents. The file can be copied, printed and notes added, but cannot be changed. As with any publication with transcribed or extracted data users are advised to consult the original material, which is at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. Please inform Wiltshire FHS of any errors or omissions, either by writing to Wiltshire FHS Publications, Unit 3, Bath Road Business Centre, Devizes SN10 1XA or emailing publications@wiltshirefhs.co.uk



Supplied by: Wiltshire Family History Society

Format: Book

Product Ref: WIL-CS033