Scottish Reserve

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The Army of Reserve was an attempt at early conscription to the Army during the Napoleonic Wars. Men were balloted from each parish and assigned to a Regional Army Reserve Battalion. After initial training it was hoped to induce many of the men to voluntarily join the Regular Army. Many did so but the system was found to be too expensive and scrapped in 1805, after which the Army fell back to regular recruiting and getting large numbers of volunteers from the Militia. This database gives a snapshot of all the men serving with the 2 Scottish Battalions (5th and 14th) of the Army of Reserve and is taken from the muster rolls in the WO 12 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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