Muster Books and Pay Lists (WO 12/6316-6317): 53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot: 1759-1766; 1776-1798
|Call Number:||HIL-MICL FC LMR .G7W3M8S3|
|Creator:||Great Britain. War Office.|
|Description:||2 microfilm textual records () ; 35 mm|
War Office 12, generated by the Commissary General of Musters Office, comprises the Household troops, the cavalry, Guards and regular infantry regiments of the line; as well as, special regiments or corps, colonial troops and various foreign legions and troops.
The muster lists of men in the 53rd Regiment of Foot are arranged in chronological order, and include Proof Tables at the end of each indicating the total number of effectives for each muster. There is a separate muster for each company commander until the muster covering the date 15 Dec 1783-24 June 1784; thereafter, they are amalgamated into one full muster for each pay period. Reel 1 covers the pay period from 25 Dec. 1759 to 24 Dec. 1766 signed at Gibralter. Reel 2 covers the pay period from 5 April 1776 to 1789 signed at various places in Quebec, 1790 - 1794 signed at Scotland, and 1794-1797? signed at the Island of St. Vincent. Subjects pertain to British military affairs and personnel during the wars between France and England, known as Anglo-French Wars - 1755-1763 (also known as the Seven Years' War) in Europe, 1792-1802 in the French West Indies, and 1775-1783 (the American Revolution) in North America, specifically in this instance, in present-day Quebec, Canada and the State of New York, United States. During the American Revolutionary period, the amount of companies listed varied between 9 and 10. As an example, here are the company commanders for the musters signed at various locations in Quebec - Belloeil, Chambly, and La Prairie, for the pay period 5 April 1776-24 Dec. 1776: Major General Robert Horn Elphinstone, Lt. Col. Henry Watson Powell, Major Earl Balearre, Captains Hutchinson Dunlop, William Hughes, Robert Longfield, Alexander Scott, John Wight, and James Wiseman. Captains George Mure and Fane Edge appear on the proceeding muster.
|Originals:||The original records are held by the Public Record Office, Kew.|
|Archival Ref. No.:||TNA: PRO WO 12/6316-6317|
|Electronic Finding Aid Record:||
Muster Books and Pay Lists 53rd Regiment of Foot.pdf
The diary of Lieutentant William Digby of the 53rd Regiment from 1776-1777 may be found on archive.org under the published title The British invasion from the north: the campaigns of Generals Carleton and Burgoyne, from Canada, 1776-1777, with the journal of Lieut. William Digby, of the 53d , or Shropshire regiment of foot.