Riding Officers/Land Guard

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Riding Officers/Land Guard

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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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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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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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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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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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I just watched a British 3-part series called 'Jamaica Inn', based on a story by Daphne duMaurier. In it the Customs Landriders wore dark (blue?) tunics with red piping, similar coloured shako caps, and lighter (tan?) coloured trousers. Whether this uniform was based on fact would be interesting to discover.

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