Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1486
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: MIDDLESEX MILITIA
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.07 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Middlesex Militia | North Regiment
A militia force was raised from the civilian population of a county, in order to supplement the regular army in cases of emergency. In Middlesex they were called out at times of unrest. They came to be supplemented by volunteer forces. In times of emergency companies of volunteers were often raised, financed and governed by private committees of subscribers and in many cases remained in existence for only a few years, such as those raised by the 1794 Bill for "encouraging and disciplining such corps and companies of men as shall voluntarily enrol for the defence of their counties, towns and coasts or for the general defence of the Kingdom during the Present War [with France]".
There were around 300 militiamen in Middlesex in 1802. During the Napoleonic Wars this number rose to over 2000 by 1808 and 12,000 by 1812. More volunteer corps were raised in 1859, again in response to threat of French invasion. In 1881 the Army was organised into territorial regiments formed of regular, militia and volunteer battalions. Middlesex militia and volunteer battalions came under the Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own).
Scope and content/abstract:
Commission to Thomas Walter Chambers as Lieutenant in the North Regiment of the Middlesex Militia, 1799.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement:
One item catalogued as ACC/1486/001.
Conditions governing access:
Not available for general access.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.
Unfit for production.
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Immediate source of acquisition:
Record gifted to the archive in January 1980.
Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.
Date(s) of descriptions: June to August 2010.