J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Tracking the Officers of the Royal Artillery

This might be an interesting online resource for people who research the officers of the Royal Artillery in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

In 1815 Elizabeth Delahoy printed a List of Officers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, as They Stood in the Year 1763, with a Continuation to the Present Time. That listed all the officers, their dates of promotion, and “Remarks” on their retirements and/or deaths. While this publication lists such men as the regiment’s “Veterinary Surgeons,” it doesn’t seem to include the Engineers.

A copy of that book owned by the Oxford University libraries was digitized by Google. In that copy, the owner added handwritten comments on officers’ promotions and fates through 1827 or so, including such information as the size of a man’s pension. The book appears to have been designed for people to use it that way, with lots of blank space, so there may be similar copies in other collections.

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