The records are from the Army Muster Books
, held at the National Archives in Kew, West London.
They are equally familiar with other sources found among admiralty papers including muster books
, half-pay books, lieutenants' examination warrants, ships' logs and court martial proceedings, which have also been used by the author.
Muster Books and Pay Lists of the Kings American Regiment (1782-1783) WO 12/10821, Great Britain War Office, Loyalist Collection of Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB.
There is disagreement among the sources as the muster books (5) clearly place Sgt.
Dr Tony Barrow, who lives in Embleton in Northumberland and lectures at Newcastle College, made several visits to the National Archives centre at Kew in London to trawl through the muster books
of the warships which fought at Trafalgar.
Donohoe has indexed the personnel in the War Office Muster Books
and Pay Lists.
Muster books are official lists of a ship's complement of men and amount to diaries of a ship's naval life over a two-month period.
Brown's record appears in two muster books, dating between May 8th and August 23rd, 1815.
The muster books can be cross-referenced with the pay books; in both she has a reference number of 18.
The same muster book that lists the female William Brown registers another of the same name, whose muster number is 81.
The Queen Charlotte's muster book gives Brown's place of origin as Edinburgh, her rating as AB (able seaman), and her age as thirty-two.