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Jill Forster <ronforster(a)s054.aone.net.au> wrote:
I have a family member who joined the Royal Navy in the early 1800s
and was a Midshipman. He drowned at sea after an accident from the
"Raisonable" in 1806 at 18 years of age.
His parents had money and position. Would he have had to pay to enter the
FWIW, I have a printed list of the prices of commissions in the army in
1783 and the most junior "rank" on full pay cost:
Cornet Horse guards £1600
Cornet Dragoons £1102-10-0 (1102.5 ukp).
Ensign Foot Guards £900
Ensign Marching Reg of foot £400
I would guess that there was some similarity between midshipmen and
cornets and ensigns.
But I also know that purchasing commissions was seen as a convenient
way out for giving an income to and the disposal of incompetent
offspring, resulting in many incompetent officers and was abolished
around that time.
Tim Powys-Lybbe tim(a)powys.org
For a miscellany of bygones: http://powys.org