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Posted By: Gareth
06-Mar-02 - 02:45 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Arthur McBride - What's the background?
Subject: RE: Arthur McBride- What's the background?
Without being Dogmatic on the subject of a Soldiers pay during the Napoleonic Wars. A shilling a day equated to 18.00 near enuf - After deductions for Neccessaries, The Chelsea fund (Hospital support), Laundry etc Bernard Cornwell puts the actual pay of a private Solidier in a line regiment at 7. 7/7d per year ( or 7.38p) in New money.

I believe bounties were paid to encourage recruitment. Wether Money was recieved and not defrauded is another matter.

For those who are to young to remember pre decimalisation money in the UK. 12 pennies (d) = 1 Shilling (1/). 20 shillings = 1.

Oh my God - Youve reminded me of the days when you could buy a pint of beer for less than 2 shillings (2/-) or 10p in decimalised funny money.

A very depressed Gareth