Payments

Order books and Treasurers' Accounts

The Order Books of the courts of Quarter Sessions and the accounts of County Treasurers listed the recipients of military welfare, usually giving their name, the amount received and the date of payment. Sometimes the recipient’s home locality was also noted. The petitions and certificates submitted by claimants were often endorsed with a note of the payment the claimant was to receive if they were successful. Civil War Petitions contains the records of these payments. Some received regular pensions every quarter throughout the year, but others were given a one-off gratuity and ordered never to return.

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