Paying For The Army

When regiments were first levied the local Committee of War had not only to find and equip the men, but also to provide them with the statutory 40 days' pay. Thereafter, if the}' were to be retained in service, responsibility for paying them passed to central government. In 1640 it had been hoped that this could in turn be financed by levying a 10 per cent tax on land, but this proved to be impractical. Even the requisitioning of plate and soliciting of 'donations' made little difference in the longer term, and the Committees were ordered to contribute a third of their mens' wages over and above the tax. In time even this proved inadequate, and ultimately the Committees were not only burdened with a monthly assessment or 'cess', but also given direct responsibility for paying and maintaining any troops passing through or quartered in their area.

This could involve a fair amount of bargaining. In Aberdeen in 1639 the Royalists had demanded six Scots shillings per day for each soldier, but when Lord Sinclair's jailbirds were quartered there over the winter of 1641-42 they only received 'the ordinarie allowance of four shillingis for ilk

Armoured Cuirassier

MEGRAY HILL, 1639 1: Volunteer cuirassier 2: Musketeer, Aberdeen Militia 3: Ensign, Aberdeen Miiltia

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