The muster rolls listing men in the 22nd Regiment of Foot are arranged chronologically and contain the pay periods for 25 June 1772 to 24 Dec. 1784; date range the musters were formerly signed is 1773-1785. Proof Tables giving the numbers of defectives are found at the end of each muster. The material's main subject matter includes the British military, British Army and personnel, American Revolution, and the state and city of New York.
Remarks on the musters indicate such things as: the Regiment’s Colonel, Thomas Gage was “commander in chief in North America” for the muster signed 7 Oct. 1774; Lt. Col. Abercrombie had “gone to join General Gage” on the muster signed 10 April 1775; and Lt. Col. Crosbie is designated the Barrack Master General commencing when he first appears on the musters, April 1781.
The senior officers listed on the musters include: Lieutenant General Thomas Gage, Major General Charles O’Hara; Lieutenant Colonels James Abercrombie, John Campbell, Rawlins Hillman, John Yorke, and William Crosbie; Majors John Campbell, Rawlins Hillman, Christopher French, Archibald Erskine, William Cowley, and Henry Lysaght. Company Captains for the pay period 25 Dec 1775 to 24 June 1775 include: Henry Elwes, George Berclay, Thomas Gage, John Campbell, Christopher French, Alexander McDonald, Edward Barbazon Robert Simpson, Rawlins Hillman and Edward Handfield. Andrew Grant is received on 30 Oct. 1776; Robert Lindsay and Michael Seix are added as company captains in 1777, William Raymond in 1779 and Francis Garforth in 1782.
The places attached to the signatures on the musters include the following: Scotland (pay dates June 1772 - March 1774)– Fort George, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Perth, Ayr; Ireland (pay dates Jan. 1774 - May 1775)– Dublin, Charles Fort at Kinsale, Monkstown; America – Boston (Massachusetts), Richmond Staten Island, Fountains Farm Staten Island, Rhode Island, Brunswick (New Jersey), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Cripple Bush Long Island, South Hampton, Yellow Hook Long Island, New York, Bedford, Chester, Newton, Jamaica, Paules Hook, Beland Heights near Jamaica, Flagg Staff Staten Island; England (pay dates June 1783 - Dec. 1784) – Canterbury, Chatham Barracks, and Windsor.