Research: Abstract of the Napoleonic Era

 

Army: British Army Pay, Per Diem (1800)

Rank
Cavalry
Fencible Cavalry Guards
Infantry
Militia, Fencible Infantry
Invalids
Colonel 32 shillings
10 pence
32 shillings 10 pence 22 shillings
6 pence
22 shillings 6 pence
----
Lieutenant-Colonel 23 shillings 23 shillings 13 shillings
11 pence
15 shillings 11 pence
----
Major 23 shillings 23 shillings 14 shillings
1 pence
14 shillings 1 pence
----
Captain 14 shillings
7 pence
14 shillings 7 pence 9 shillings
5 pence
9 shillings 5 pence 9 shillings
5 pence
Lieutenant 9 shillings 9 shillings 4 shillings
8 pence
4 shillings 8 pence 4 shillings
8 pence

Cornet or Ensign

8 shillings 8 shillings 3 shillings
8 pence
3 shillings 8 pence 3 shillings
8 pence
Adjutant 5 shillings 5 shillings 4 shillings 4 shillings
----
Paymaster 15 shillings 15 shillings 15 shillings 15 shillings
----
Paymaster Clerk
----
2 shillings 2 pence ---- 1 shilling 6¾ pence
----
Paymaster Sergeant 2 shillings
11 pence
2 shillings
11 pence
1 shilling 6¼ pence 1 shilling 6¾ pence 1 shilling
6¾ pence
Quartermaster
----
----
4 shillings
8 pence
4 shillings 8 pence
----
Surgeon 11 shillings
4 pence
11 shillings 4 pence 9 shillings
5 pence
9 shillings 5 pence
----
Assistant Surgeon 5 shillings 5 shillings 5 shillings 5 shillings
----
Surgeon's Mate 3 shillings
6 pence
3 shillings 6 pence 3 shillings
6 pence
3 shillings 6 pence
----
Veterinary Surgeon 8 shillings 8 shillings
----
----
----
Sergeant 2 shillings
11 pence
2 shillings 11 pence 1 shilling
6¼ pence
1 shilling 6¾ pence 1 shilling
6¾ pence
Corporal 2 shillings
4½ pence
2 shillings 4½ pence 1 shilling
2¼ pence
1 shilling 2¼ pence 1 shilling
1¼ pence
Trumpeter 2 shillings
4 pence
2 shillings 4 pence
----
----
----
Drummer
----
----
1 shilling
1¾ pence
1 shilling 1¾ pence 1 shilling
1¼ pence
Fifer
----
----
1 shilling
1¾ pence
1 shilling 1¾ pence 1 shilling
1¼ pence
Private 2 shillings 2 shillings 1 shilling 1 shilling 11¼ pence

Notes:
1. 1 British Pound = 20 Shillings; 1 British Shilling = 12 Pence
2. Pay for NCOs and men of the cavalry includes 9 pence per diem for subsistence of a horse.
3. Colonel's or commandant's pay was augmented by 1 shilling 2 pence per diem per troop, plus 1 shilling 6 pence per diem in lieu of one extra musician, in addition to that noted above.
4. Lieutenants, coronets, ensigns, quartermasters, surgeons, and surgeon's mates, received an andditional 1 shilling per diem if they did not hold another commission.
5. The adjutant also received pay as a subaltern.
6. Fencible paymasters had to hold an ordinary commission as well; if a subaltern their pay was made up to 15 shillings per diem, but if a captain it was 3 shillings 6 pence per diem in addition to their captain's pay.

 

SOURCE:

Haythornthwaite, Philip J. The Armies of Wellington London : Arms and Armour; 1994. P. 269

 



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