On 20 March 2017 at 10:30, Michael J Hulme <mjhulme(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
... Lets hope the Muster Rolls get onto the Internet in due course
otherwise a trip to
London might be called for.
But they are! Sort of....
Ancestry has a collection "UK, British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists,
1812-1817" and if you search in there for Charles Manning, you will find 2
entries for the guy in the 14th Dragoons, specifically it gives you the
rolls for 25 Dec 1813 - 24 Mar 1814 and 24 Jan 1815 - 24 Jan 1815.
**However** if it's anything like the rolls for the Veterans that I looked
at, the intervening rolls *are* on the film strip that you can see - they
simply haven't been indexed (the 2 heads icon next to the "image X of Y" is
greyed out). For my guy they'd indexed the first and last books on the
In this case, it looks like there is just one piece for the 14th Dragoons,
which is Piece 1151 for 1814-1815 (roughly..., bearing in mind that the
quarter dates are still driven from the old calendar starting on Lady Day,
which is why one quarter starts 25 Dec.) Which books Ancestry have indexed,
I don't know. The important thing with a Muster Roll is to check *all* the
pages for ancillary data such as expenses forms. Yes, expenses forms - I
found in the main body that my chap was involved in expenses references X
and Y. Looking later on, X and Y were actually documented as journeys from
A to B, then C to D, so I actually knew that this chap was walking between
these 2 places in Ireland on one of just two routes between them on a
specific date. And you can even Google Streetview those roads!
Best of luck and I hope I interpreted your requirements correctly.