General Don's 1815 Muster

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At the beginning of the 19th Century Britain was at war with France and Jersey's Lieut-Governor, Lieut-General Sir George Don wanted to ensure that the island was ready to defend against any French invasion. He ordered a full census to be taken of all men liable for Militia service. This list of nearly 6,000 islanders provides family historians with a valuable source of information a quarter of a century before the first official census was taken in 1841.

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