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Navy Muster book entry

Postby philmcleod47 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:34 pm

My 3 x great grandfather Peter McLeod was in the Navy in 1796 on HMS Star and the Muster book shows him as age 15 and a "Boy 3rd class". He may possibly have been a year or so younger.
I am trying to ascertain if he volunteered, was press ganged or joined by quoter. The muster book entry appears as a ditto below the person above in the "where and whether pressed or not" column and it seems to say "former books". Not sure what this means as I can find no records of him on a previous ship, although he probably was transported from Edinburgh to Plymouth to join HMS Star.
When he moved to HMS Imperiuse that muster book showed he came from HMS Star.
Has anyone any clues
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Re: Navy Muster book entry

Postby midshipman » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:34 pm

Hi Phil, sadly you may never know for certain but on the balance of likelihood he was most probably a volunteer.
(Assume H.M.S. Star is a receiving hulk in Plymouth). The County Quota System I would have thought would provide adults for sea service. The Press would also be looking for adults.

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