The Provision of Pay to the Army

Henry Reece

in The Army in Cromwellian England, 1649-1660

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780198200635
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746284 | DOI:
The Provision of Pay to the Army

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The indebtedness of Interregnum regimes is well known, but for most of this period the army kept its soldiers in England paid regularly enough to prevent discontent and mutiny, and to avoid excessive impositions on civilians. This chapter explains how that happened: it describes the system of providing pay that evolved; the government's success in collecting the assessment tax; and the relationship between current pay and arrears of pay. The chapter emphasizes the importance of officers lending money to soldiers as a means to prevent the resort to free quarter. It also shows how successive reductions in the assessment tax under the Protectorate made it extremely difficult to maintain regular pay to the army. Finally, it discusses why there were so few examples of mutiny over pay in this period.

Keywords: officers; soldiers; pay; assessment tax; arrears; Protectorate; mutiny

Chapter.  5635 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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