Manuscript entitled, 'Power principles of a soldier to know'

Object Title

Manuscript entitled, 'Power principles of a soldier to know'

Manuscript entitled, 'Power principles of a soldier to know'

Date

about 1640

Reference

TRA 1

Level

File

Scope and Content

These are perhaps notes made by some member of a Trained Band or Artillery Company, probably about 1630-40. It is in an educated italic hand, using Greek E's. The commands and directions given do not appear to be copied from any of the standard texts (e.g. Hexham, Elton, Bingham, Barnet, etc.), but seems to agree with them in general. The instructions for the 'Motions' are so abbreviated as to be almost incomprehensible, Manuscript notes on the 'Power principles of a soldier to know' which are given as:

1. 'The sound of the dromme',
2. 'The posture of the pike' and 'posture of the musquet',
3. 'Distance' of rank and files,
4. 'Motion' of rank and files, ending with a diagram showing the positions of 100 men in a square.

Extent

1 document

Physical Characteristics / Technical Requirements

Eight pages, one blank, bound in a parchment sheet, part of a deed renewing a lease to 'Peeter Robinson, late cittizen and salter or London'; date and signatures missing, but probably from the early years of James I as it contains repeated references to 'our late soveraigne Laide of famous memorie'. 6.1 inches x 4.1 inches (15.5 cm x 10.3 cm)

Access Conditions

Open access