These records were created or inherited by the Paymaster General's Office, which was established in 1835. Among its predecessors was the Paymaster General of the Forces, other of whose records are in WO 79 and WO 109.
The records chiefly concern expenditure of the armed forces, and the payment of pensions, superannuations, allowances and bounties.
Records concerning the Army establishment are in PMG 1-PMG 14, PMG 33-PMG 36, PMG 57, PMG 60 and PMG 66; those concerning the Naval establishment are in PMG 15-PMG 26, PMG 56 and PMG 69-PMG 73; and those concerning the civil establishment are in PMG 27-PMG 28.
Pension records of all three armed services are in PMG 42-PMG 44, while those of Army alone are in PMG 45-PMG 47.
Records of the Paymaster of Exchequer Bills are in PMG 67.
Records concerning accounts, pensions, allowances and claims of such varied bodies as the Royal Irish Constabulary, teachers and Polish refugees are in PMG 48-PMG 51, PMG 53-PMG 55, PMG 62, PMG 64-PMG 65, PMG 68 and PMG 74-PMG 75.
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