Tuesday, 23 March 2010

More Perthshire militia records online

A couple of people have been in touch to express disappointment that the recent Ancestry release on Perth militia survey records from 1802 only covers the burgh of Perth itself - sorry, but that is the nature of the records!

However, here's the good news - they aren't the only Perth militia records in existence! The Perth and Kinross Archives site has several databases of Perthshire based militia records online at its website here.

The collections are (with details from the site):

Perthshire Militia Petitions, c1704-1859, mainly 1790-1810

The Perthshire Militia Petitions database comprises information gleaned from over two hundred petitions to the Magistrates of Perth against illegal enlistement. It also contains information from applications to join the Militia and about men who deserted.

Perthshire Militia Certifications, 1802-1810

The Perthshire Militia Certifications database contains details about families who were claiming assistance from the Crown while the father was away on duty. Each record notes the soldier's name and that of his wife, the number of children they had aged under 10 years, their parish and often included the soldier's regiment. The original certficates were signed by a JP, the local minister and the regimental commander.

Assorted Perthshire Militia papers, 1680-1891, mainly 1785-1820

The Assorted Perthshire Milita papers database includes details of notes of payments for allowances, marching guineas, receipts and returns of nominal rolls, plus the muster rolls for Fencibles in Comrie and for Perth Guildry, 1680-1690

Hope they help!


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