Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Richard Boycott Orderly Book, 1779-1781

Finding aid created by
Philip Heslip, September 2009

Summary Information
Title: Richard Boycott orderly book
Creator: Boycott, Richard
Inclusive dates: 1779-1781
Extent: 1 volume
This collection consists of an orderly book kept by Lt. Col. Richard Boycott of the 91st Regiment of Foot, largely documenting the regiment's stay at St. Lucia from December 7, 1779-May 27, 1781.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1973. M-1625 .

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Alternate Format:

This collection is also available on microfilm

Preferred Citation:

Richard Boycott Orderly Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Richard Boycott was a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army's 91st Regiment of Foot, Shropshire Volunteers, which was sent to the West Indies as a garrison for St. Lucia and Barbados from 1779-1784.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is a 300 page orderly book kept by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Boycott of the 91st Regiment of Foot, December 7, 1779-May 27, 1781. This volume largely describes the regiment's stay on St. Lucia from March 1780, to March 1781, and also describes the head quarters in Barbados. The book contains daily orders, general orders, deaths, and accounts of courts martial. These entries provide the official schedules, activities, promotions, and movements of the regiment, but also document the mood of the solders and notable daily events.

Subject Terms

    • Barbados--History, Military--19th century.
    • Great Britain. Army. Regiment of Foot, 91st.
    • St. Lucia.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
    Genre Terms:
    • Orderly books.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Richard Boycott orderly book, 91st Regiment Foot,  1779-1881. [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Clements Library's Shelburne papers hold at least two items that describe the British army at St. Lucia:

    78:223, September 16, 1781. Hospital board at St. Lucia

    78:227, April 1, 1782. The state of troops at St. Lucia

    The Shropshire Archives has a collection of Boycott Family of Rudge Hall papers, which contains letters from Richard Boycott.