Riding Officers/Land Guard

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Riding Officers/Land Guard

Postby SpudUk » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:15 pm

Hi Folks,

I'm trying to do research into the uniform and equipment of the Riding Officers/Land Guard of the mid-18th Century. Could anyone point me in the direction of useful information?

Many thanks

Chris



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Re: Riding Officers/Land Guard

Postby John Waller » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:43 pm

I looked into this a while ago and I'm pretty sure they didn't have a uniform. In his annual report in 1783, Sir William Musgrave, the Commissioner of Customs and Excise, said that Riding Officers were 'of very little service, 'tho' a great Burthen to the Revenue'.


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Re: Riding Officers/Land Guard

Postby Phil the Grips » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:14 pm

No uniform, technically had kit supplied but generally sorted themselves out for clothing, horses and firearms on the promise of being reimbursed which rarely happened on top of being one of the worse jobs of the era; imagine being a self-employed Special Policeman and you get the idea. Liked by nobody, thanked little and trusted even less.

No real powers and only able to affect an arrest if you could raise the militia who had no desire to get out of bed at those hours and if they did the smugglers were long gone by the time they arrived.


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Re: Riding Officers/Land Guard

Postby SpudUk » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:27 pm

Thanks for the info. I love the idea as a really low-key living history display, possibly leading to skirmishes etc. in a slightly bigger group. A lot of public conciousness around it, but few know what it was really like



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Re: Riding Officers/Land Guard

Postby SpudUk » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:51 am

Following on from this discussion, can someone point me in the direction of resources on civilian clothing of the mid-18th century, and a kit supplier?




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Re: Riding Officers/Land Guard

Postby Redders » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:10 am

We also do shoes n leather bits too

www.sj-seamstress.com




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