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Wednesday, January 02, 2008


This is coolbert:

rank hath its privileges

Thanks to Al Nofi, CIC # 177.

"British Army regulations from the mid-eighteenth century, regarding the amount of baggage a soldier was permitted to take on campaign":

"Select Baggage Allowances, British Army, Mid-1700s"

* "Colonels c. 3000 pounds"
* "Captains c. 1000 pounds"
* "Subalterns c. 200 pounds"

I am making an assumption this of course is for officers NOT of noble rank. Those of noble rank were allowed to carry as part of their NORMAL baggage MUCH more. Persons of independent wealth accustomed their entire lives to living a life of luxury, totally devoid of any privation. AND desiring the same standard of life when on campaign. It would be normal SOP for a noble to bring a pavilion with him, a series of tents, possibly erected over a wooden platform raised above the ground, suitably equipped with facilities for bathing [if the noble of the time was inclined to bathe], sleeping, dining, wenching, etc. And a considerable entourage of servants, cooks, valets, workmen to assemble and service the pavilion on a daily basis as the march of the army proceeded, etc. Wenches presumably [??] provided from locals while on the march.

"pavilion - - noun - - large and often sumptuous tent"

"wench - - 3. Archaic. a strumpet. [a woman of low moral virtue!!]"




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