28 January 2017

Royal Ordnance in 1637

One of the culverins on Gun Hill, Southwold. The origin of the six guns is still open to conjecture. Photo: © Copyright Evelyn Simak (CC BY-SA 2.0)

After revisiting an old guest blog article on 17th century siege warfare I stumbled across a fascinating analysis of a Royal Ordnance inventory  ...

Dr A R Collins has looked at the Royal Ordnance Survey of 1637, prior to Charles I taking military action against the Scots, using photographs of the source alongside a mirror transcription. It shows what's held in the Royal armouries, compares it with the inventory levels recommended at a 1626 council of war, and shows the cost of making up the difference. There's also an excellent glossary detailing the weapons mentioned.

Dr Collins has also used Colonel Albert Borgard's early 18th century work on standardising shot sizes to work out the diameter of cannonballs/shot based on their mass. Interesting stuff.

Other reading

Guest blog: New techniques for understanding 17th century siege warfare (Amanda Wynne, University of Huddersfield)

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