Person NameAberdeen County Militia; 1797-
ActivityThe Militia Act 1797 (37 Geo. III, c.103) gave county lieutenancies power to raise militia forces. Militiamen were to be selected by ballot. Aliment was paid to the dependants of a serving militiaman by the parish or burgh authorities. The ballot system led to the formation of societies to raise subscriptions to pay for those chosen in the militia ballot (‘principals’), to employ substitutes to serve in their places. The militia often found recruitment 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., c.106) revived the militia but with volunteers rather than recruits. The militia was administered largely by central government thereafter.During the 20th century militia acted increasingly as training and reinforcement units and continued to serve in this capacity up to the Second World War. They were only officially disbanded in the 1950s although they had, in reality, ceased to exist by then.
Corporate NameAberdeen County Militia
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