We’re continuing our tour of volumes in the holdings of the Caird Library, National Maritime Museum.
ADM/K/2 is a very large colume that contains the index and short descriptions of Admiralty Ticket off orders from January 1698 to Sept 1708. The Ticket Office. Established in 1660, it was responsible for paying wages and similar matters (alongside the Pay Office) until the mid 19th century when it was merged with other offices.
As you can see here, the writing in this volume is often quite clear, although the script, acronyms and short forms do take some getting used to. For example, the annotation of the the number of the order, and the date can be quite confusing- but on most pages, the date of the first order is noted at the top. There is substantial uses of “ditto” or “d<sup>o</sup>”. In the second column, there is usually the name of the ship although sometimes it’s a group of persons or something like that. The last column includes the summary of the order. This is usually a single sentence, although there are a few more extended examples.
This is really a rather important volume for anybody who is working with the Ticket office. It does provide a lot of details. Unfortunately, the Caird Library does not have in it’s holdings the volumes of actual orders to correspond with these index.
I have 149 images from this volume in my collection. Unfortunately, I did not take photos of the entire volume. My photos begin with 1706 and continue until the end of the volume. I very much suggest that if you are interested, that when you can you go to the Caird Library and have a look at this volume for yourselves.