Catalogue description Navy Board: Sea Fencibles Pay Lists
|Title:||Navy Board: Sea Fencibles Pay Lists|
This series contains musters and receipted pay lists, together with the appointments of naval officers to the Sea Fencibles, 1798 to 1810. The musters and pay lists consist of the names of men acknowledging receipt of pay, submitted by the officers as vouchers for money expended.
|Note:||Catalogue entries and background information for this series were revised following information gratefully received from a member of the Sea Fencible Study Group, May 2006.|
Arranged under districts.
Entry books of orders appointing officers to cutters, tenders, Sea Fencibles, signal stations, Impress Service and other shore appointments are in ADM 11/14-16:
For an accountant's working notebook listing the districts of all three establishments and the officers who served in them, see: ADM 28/145
Officers commissioned for hired cutters and tenders, signal stations and Sea Fencibles, are in: ADM 6/55
Orders and instructions for appointments to the 1798 districts are in (pp 153 et seq): ADM 2/135
Accounts of officers superintending the Sea Fencibles are in: ADM 17/92
For the Irish establishment, monthly consolidated returns made to the Government of Ireland and the Admiralty are in: ADM 1/621
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Navy Board, 1546-1832
|Physical description:||147 bundle(s)|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
The Sea Fencibles were a part-time organisation of coastal militia recruited from fishermen and boatmen, under the command of naval officers, formed for local defence and mobilised in case of invasion or emergency.
In March 1798, five post-captains were appointed to the newly formed Sea Fencible Service, or Corps of Sea Fencibles. These officers were to command and superintend the enrolment of locally raised men in five Districts stretching along the coast from Emsworth on the Hampshire/Sussex border, to Great Yarmouth on the east coast. Five more Districts were created shortly afterwards from the Isle of Wight to Land's End, and an eleventh District, Saltfleet to Flamborough Head, was added some weeks later. The appointment of post captains and their subordinate officers to the 1798 Districts were made by the Admiralty. All were stood down in October 1801.
In July 1803 the corps was reactivated on a much larger establishment with nearly forty Districts, plus over twenty Districts of the Irish establishment authorised later that year. The whole service in Ireland, together with that of signal stations and the Impress Service, was superintended by an admiral. Both 1803 establishments were stood down in October 1810.
Sea Fencible Districts, 1798 to 1801:
Sea Fencible Districts, 1803 to 1810:
Irish Sea Fencible Districts, 1803 to 1810:
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