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The First Foot Guards

We are a Revolutionary War reenactment group based in Boston MA,
accurately portraying the royal household regiment that is now known as
The Grenadier Guards

 


Pay Scale

Army Daily Pay Scale in 1775 

Gross pay… there were many "off-reckonings" or deductions for food, supplies, etc, in a complicated formula.

L s d
L = Pounds sterling
s = shillings (20 shillings to the Pound)
d = pence (12 pence to the shilling, 240 pence to the pound)
Fractional coins were halfpennies (2 to the penny) and farthings (4 to the penny).

Notation is what was used at the time (sometimes the dash was replaced between the three columns by a ( " ) symbol, but written in line, not above). So "1 - 10 - 4" represents "one pound, ten shillings and fourpence". When there is no Pounds amount, the sum would be written eg. "10/6" or "ten shillings and sixpence" or simply "ten and six". If shillings and no pence are written they would be denoted thus: "11/- " or "eleven shillings".

Colonel & Captain
Guards regiments: 1 -19 - 0
Line regiments: 1 - 4 - 0

Lieutenant Colonel & Captain
Guards regiments: 1 -8 - 6
Line regiments: 17/-

Major & Captain
Guards regiments: 1 -4 - 6
Line regiments: 15/-

Captain
Guards regiments: 16/6
Line regiments: 10/-

Captain Lieutenant or Lieutenant
Guards regiments: 7/10
Line regiments: 4/8

Ensign (Guards) or Second Lieutenant (Line)
Guards regiments: 1 -19 - 0
Line regiments: 1 - 4 - 0

Chaplain
Guards regiments: 5/10
Line regiments: 3/8

Adjutant
Guards regiments: 4/-
Line regiments: 4/-

Quartermaster
Guards regiments: 4/-
Line regiments: 4/8

Surgeon
Guards regiments: 4/-
Line regiments: 4/-

Surgeon's Mate
Guards regiments: 3/-
Line regiments: 3/6

Drum Major
Guards regiments: 1/-
Line regiments: -

Deputy Marshal
Guards regiments: 1/-
Line regiments: -

Serjeant
Guards regiments: 1/10
Line regiments: 1/6

Corporal
Guards regiments: 1/2
Line regiments: 1/-

Drummer
Guards regiments: 1/2
Line regiments: 1/-

Private Man
Guards regiments: 10d
Line regiments: 8d

 

On commissions in The guards

Reform of the commission structure


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