This is an interesting volume, part of one of the “Artificially created” collections donated to the caird (this in 1970). In this case, from the famed maritime historian RC Anderson. It is the Establishment of Guns but what’s really interesting- to me- at least from the first half of this volume- is that it is so similar in structure and organization to the ‘Fleet lists’ contained in ADM 8/1. This document is not as detailed, however, as does not included hired vessels as a category- but “merely” goes from First Rates through to Sixth Rates, and then Yachts. What this document makes entirely clear is that the Royal Navy was not- at this point- composed of ‘classes’ of vessels- but really an agglomeration of unique vessels- though many of which were built to fairly similar standards and designs. According to the catalogue, this document is listed 1685- but my guess was that it was first made earlier, and then with additions- see that the Britania (sp) is added in a different hand,- this ship was launched in 1682 where as the others are somewhat older. This is not the only addition.
Here, on the second page of 2nd rates, you can see that the Duke, Oſsery (sp- Ossory), Neptune and Coronacion (sp- Coronation) have likewise been added later. This is certainly later than 1685- the Coronation commemorated was James II’s. 1. Further additions are also included on the pages for the 4ths, 5th, 6ths, and Yachts- with additional Fireships being added after the Yachts (the and several pages after the original Fireshipps section). After that, interestingly, it includes lists of Hulkes, Hoys, Sloops and Smacks- oriented 90 degrees to the other lists.
Very interestingly, after this comes documents related to the Army, rather than Navy. And frankly I’m gutted that I didn’t look at these when I was doing my PhD in order to draw up some interesting comparisons.
First, is a list of the regiments and other forces that are to be paid by the King. Broken down by officers and ranks- but not by pay rates. This is an equivalent list to the list of ships.
More lists follow- including a list of General Officers- though in this in no way should be considered a “General Staff”.
After this, we get into more details about mustering troops (6 times a year, for 60+ days each), plus the pay tables.
Following this are pay tables for each of the various types of troops mentioned in the previous pages. There is no equivalent pay tables for the Navy, alas- or this really be the basis for some really interesting comparisons. Still, this is very much a document that an undergrad or graduate student could go to lunch on for a paper. I have 21 images from this volume.