Cornelius Collett and the Suffolk Yeomanry, 1794-1820
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15th May 2020

356 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

5 colour. 14 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Suffolk Records Society

Imprint: Boydell Press

Cornelius Collett and the Suffolk Yeomanry, 1794-1820

Defending Suffolk against the French

Edited by Margaret Thomas

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Documents pertaining to the activities of the Loyal Suffolk Yeomanry Cavalry at a time when England was under threat of invasion.
With invasion by the French revolutionary armies thought to be imminent, in 1794 a county-wide subscription was raised to support groups of Suffolk gentry, farmers, tradesmen and professionals to provide a defence for Suffolk. They formed themselves into a volunteer and part-time cavalry - the Loyal Suffolk Yeomanry Cavalry. Cornelius Collett, a banker in Woodbridge, joined his local Troop at its inception and remained a member for the next twenty six years. During this period, he collected and transcribed - in three large, leather-bound books - a range of unique and wide-ranging documents. These included, as well as details of musters and reviews, letters from the Lord Lieutenant,orders from central government, and plans for evacuation that would be put into place should the French arrive on Suffolk's shores. In addition to the external threat, Collett also gives details of the Yeomanry's secondary role of aiding the civil authorities in case of social unrest at home - something that became more important as a result of economic hardship after the conclusion of the French Wars. With relevance to the whole of Suffolk, these volumesalmost certainly represent the most comprehensive collection of documents of its kind.
The volumes are presented here with an introduction and notes, providing new insights into the role and functioning of the Suffolk Yeomanry between 1794 and 1820 and the nature of its patriotic duty.

Dr MARGARET THOMAS has worked for the University of Suffolk, and the Continuing Education departments at the University of Bristol and the University of East Anglia.
Introduction
Editorial practice
Cornelius Collett's Book: Volume A
Cornelius Collett's Book: Volume B
Cornelius Collett's Book: Volume C
Appendix 1: List of subscribers for the plan for the internal defence of the county of Suffolk, 1794
Appendix 2: Dates of general musters, 1794-1820
Appendix 3: Occupations and residences of members of the 2nd Woodbridge Troop, 1804
Appendix 4: Return of the Suffolk Yeomanry cavalry under the command of Major Edgar in 1804 with numbers of arms accoutrements supplied, purchased and retained
Bibliography
Index of people and places
Index of subjects

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Title Details

15th May 2020

356 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

5 colour. 14 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Suffolk Records Society

Imprint: Boydell Press