Person NameForfarshire Militia; 1802-
ActivityThe Militia Act 1797 (37 Geo.III cap 103) gave county lieutenancies power to raise militia forces. These militia forces were to be made up of those selected in a ballot. Aliment was paid to the dependents of the militiaman in his absence by parish or burgh poor relief authorities. The ballot system led to the formation of societies to raise subscriptions to pay for those chosen in the militia ballot, 'principals', to enlist a substitute for their service. The militia often found the recruitment of men difficult as the number of those willing to serve as substitutes was limited, and a militiaman normally served in a different part of the country from his place of residence. Subsequent Militia Acts did not improve matters greatly. The Militia (Scotland) Act, 1854 (17 & 18 Vict cap 106) revived the militia but with volunteers rather than recruits. The militia was administered largely by central government after this time. Forfar was to have a militia of 511 men. The militia oath was taken by substitutes, who had to declare their name, trade, parish of residence and the parish for which they were to serve.
Corporate NameForfarshire Militia
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