Royal Corps of Military Surveyors and Draftsmen
Royal Corps of Military Surveyors and Draftsmen was a British military corps under the Board of Ordnance formally established in 1800 and disbanded in 1817. It was one of the predecessors of the Ordnance Survey.
The royal warrant to establish the corps was signed in 1800, making the civilian staff of the Drawing Room at the Tower of London a military corps. It was believed that a militarization of the staff would increase its efficacy. In reality, the corps was not formed until 1805. In 1813 it was confirmed by law that the corps as well as other corps of the military establishment of the Ordnance Board was subject to the Mutiny Act.
- 1 Chief Surveyor and Draftsman
- 1 First Assistant Surveyor and Draftsman
- 1 Second Assistant Surveyor and Draftsman
- 8 Surveyors and Draftsmen 1st Class
- 16 Surveyors and Draftsmen 2nd Class
- 8 Surveyors and Draftsmen 3rd Class
- 6 Surveyors and Draftsmen Cadets
The corps was disbanded in 1817 and its officers put on half-pay.
- Records of the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain 2016-01-21.
- Royal Armouries: Ordnance Survey 2106-01-21.
- Commissioners of Military Enquiry (1811), Thirteenth Report: The Master General and Board of Ordnance, London, p. 283-284.
- Commissioners of Military Enquiry (1811), Fifteenth Report: Military Engineering, London, p. 319.
- John Raithby (1814), The Statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, London, p. 54.