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Scottish Militia

The Scottish (or North British) Militia was re-established in 1797 during the Revolutionary War with France after a long period in abeyance. Like the Militias of England, Wales and Ireland the force was organised on a geographic basis using an early form of conscription with each parish being responsible for supplying a set number of men. All eligible men were balloted for a five year term of duty and those chosen could either serve or pay for a substitute to take their place. Throughout the Revolutionary War the Militia was heavily used for home defence and guarding prisoners of war. The Scottish Militia was expanded to 15 Regiments in 1802 and served until the end of the Napoleonic War when they reverted to a part time training force, the Militia went further changes throughout the 19th century and existed until the Haldane Reforms when they became the Special Reserve in 1909. This database gives a snapshot of all the men serving with the 10 Battalions of Scottish Militia at the beginning of 1800 and is taken from the muster rolls in the WO 13 series at the National Archives.

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • primary unit
  • duty location
  • firstname
  • surname
  • rank
  • service from date
  • service to date
  • remarks1
  • remarks2
  • age

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

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