Friday, 5 June 2015

British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817 on Ancestry

Ancestry has released another useful British army collection on its site. The collection is the British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817 located at

Sourced from the WO12 records held at the National Archives in England, the records comprise "selected muster books and pay lists of the Cavalry, Foot Guards and regular infantry regiments of the line. Also included are special regiments or corps, colonial troops, various foreign legions and troops, garrison battalions, veteran battalions and depots".

The records may contain the following details:
  • name
  • start date
  • end date
  • regiment
  • where stationed
  • rank
  • pay

The Guardian newspaper has a tie in article at

Note that Ancestry also some exceptionally useful British Army records covering the same period on its worldwide subscription, namely the Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900 collection of depot registers, searchable at Despite the title, the records are most certainly British - to give an example of how useful they are, read my blog post at

PS: Ancestry's UK records collections are free to access from today until Sunday - see


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