The muster rolls of the 1st Battalion, 42 Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Regiment), are recorded chronologically for the years 1760-1786 and are available on two reels of microfilm.
Reel 1, 1760-1767, 1774-1778; Reel 2, 1778-1786. The musters are arranged by company with the names of the officers and men listed by order of rank. The usual annotations describing the status of each individual are given and include: on duty, sick, recruiting, transferred, absent with leave, dead, prisoner, deserted, and discharged. The muster rolls during and immediately after the American Revolution are much longer, and contain more detailed information than the ones from the earlier years. The musters were usually compiled for a period of three or six months, and both the date and the location where the information was compiled are given. With the use of this information, the movements of the various companies can be traced.
In Reel 1, for example, Fort Edward and other Hudson River locations are mentioned, and they are followed by Saratoga, Montreal, Staten Island, Long Island, Philadelphia, Ireland, etc.
Reel 2 begins in Philadelphia, followed by several locations on Long Island, New York, Camp near Greenwich, and Paulus Hook on 6 October 1783. The next recorded location is Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 17 January 1784, and there are several muster rolls for that location. The musters for Paulus Hook and Halifax contain long lists of discharged soldiers and the date of discharge for each man. After June 1784, the lists are shorter, but still contain discharge information. Annapolis and Sydney, Nova Scotia, are locations mentioned in 1786.