sources for family historians, serving on the one hand tosupplement the parish registers, kirk session papers and othersources for the period and sometimes providing information on thecommon people, which is unobtainable elsewhere.
They areimportant too in giving insights into parish and county life and theattitudes of people from different classes of Scottish Society. Andlastly, they contribute to a wider view of the political and militaryevents of the times and how these affected the Scottish people.
This booklet aims to demonstrate the importance of the records of Fencibles,Militias and Volunteers to those family and local historians who may wish touse them. The first part deals briefly with the historical background to theseauxiliary forces and with their recruitment and organisation, as a way of appreciating the kinds of records that were created. The second partdescribes the information that may be found and its uses by family and localhistorians, before going on to discuss the factors affecting the presentdiverse locations of records, with examples of records incorporated in thetext. There is then a substantial listing of the records and their locations,followed by references and an index. The emphasis throughout will be on thelate Eighteenth and early Nineteenth centuries, but it should be borne inmind that records of auxiliary forces exist from before and after that period.
THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
.One of the many consequences of the Union of 1707 and the loss of Scotland's parliamentary independence was the increasing involvement of Scots in the political, dynastic and colonial policies and conflicts of thedominant partner in that Union - England. The 18th.Century wascharacterised by wars of dynastic succession, continental and colonialconflicts between Great Britain and France and Spain, and the AmericanRevolutionary War. The final years of the century and the beginning of the19th.Century saw the conflicts with France and Spain at their height duringthe Revolutionary/Napoleonic Wars.Despite Scotland’s involvement in two world wars it still comes as a surpriseto realize that Britain was almost continuously at war with France and her