Nelson & His World

Discussion on the life and times of Admiral Lord Nelson
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 Post subject: How was a Greenwich Out-Pension paid?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:15 am 
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Location: Sunderland, England
Some of you may remember that I have various posts on here about my ggg.grandfather Barney Appleby.
I know he was awarded a Greenwich out-pension, for life, in December 1814 (for a lame hand) and he received that untill his death in 1857. This was £14-0-0d per annum, paid at £3-10-0d quarterly. I have numerous documents of the award, the payment records and other mentions of him being a Greenwich Pensioner, including his death cert.

My question is - how would that have been paid out to him?

He lived in Sunderland and I believe that is where the monies were paid to him (or possibly a Newcastle 'office'). Would he have gone to a special office and collected them, or a local bank? Would he have to have taken the cash away home with him or again, would he have some 'bank' account or 'pension' account and drawn cash as he needed it?
A conversion on TNA site suggests, over the period, £3-10s was equivelent to 11-24 days pay for a skilled man, so a tidy sum to be carrying around.
Anyone any thoughts, please?

Cheers, MTS

I have asked this on another forum (Napoleonic Wars Forum) - but thought I'd spread the question around a bit. Sorry if some of you are seeing this twice


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