Listings of those who volunteered to join the militia between the
years 1798 to 1816...
The Second (or Captain Robert Barclay's) Company
The first pay sheet being for the period 25 July to 24 August 1798.
Major - R Barclay, absent on leave
Lieutenant - R Jack
Second Lieutenant - Vacant
Sergeant on permanent pay - G Mollison
Sergeants not on permanent pay - James Jack, James Simmers, John Forbes
Corporals - Andrew Craig, Donald Elder, David Lamb
Drummers - Robert Lamb, George Kerr
Further Notes on Above
Michael Cowie joined on 7th August, in place of one man discharged.
The total paid on account of No 2 Company on its first pay sheet was £24 9s
In the second pay sheet - August/September - we find that harvest had caused
the absence of William Dallas, James Morice, James Reith, William Williamson and
In the 1798 movement army drill sergeants were not provided
generally, but local men who showed aptitude in picking up the drill
were elected to the position with the permanent pay of their rank.
Various perquisites were the portion of those sergeants on permanent
pay, the Mearnshire ones having the peculiar privilege of quenching
their thirst in beer at the public expense. It is true that the
Stonehaven drill sergeants were not obliged to drink the beer to which
they were entitled, but could draw money in lieu of it. In the pay
sheets one frequently comes across the item - "To beer money to the
drill sergeant for the year returned at 2d per diem."