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Scottish ancestor a soldier in 1780's

Postby bsidebaby » Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:29 am

Hi my ancestor Alexander Slater was named as a soldier on his sons baptism record in the 1780's in Kilmalcolm. Where could I find out more about his military record from this era such as who he served with and what battles if any might he have been involved with during this time? Thanks :-)
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Re: Scottish ancestor a soldier in 1780's

Postby junkers » Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:07 pm

His record if it exists should be at The National Archives, Kew, but I can't see a pension record so he may have served for less than seven years, but there are pay lists/muster rolls. Do you know which regiment he was in?.
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Re: Scottish ancestor a soldier in 1780's

Postby AdrianB38 » Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:00 pm

junkers wrote:... I can't see a pension record so he may have served for less than seven years ...


Junkers - apparently the basic figure for pension entitlement in this era was 21 years, not 7. Now, having said that, it seems to me from what I'm reading in various places that you could get a pension earlier than that if you were medically discharged, where the cause was your Army service. Indeed, one of my relatives did exactly that.

See http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://yourarchives.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php?title=Army_Conditions_of_Service_%28approx_1856-1899%29

Also looks like http://books.google.com.au/books?id=txQEAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA211#v=onepage&q&f=false contains detailed regs on this topic.
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