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The Fencibles was also the name given to retiring British soldiers who were given parcels of land in New Zealand in the 1840s, where they could be called up if Maori threatened to attack the new city of Auckland. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 18:52, 10 January 2008 (UTC)
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Change to the lead
With regards to this edit (at 09:50, 21 August 2017)
The Fencible were not a militia as the article Highland Fencible Corps makes clear:
In England county militia regiments were raised for internal defence in the absence of the regular army; but it was not deemed prudent to extend the system to Scotland, the inhabitants of which, it was supposed, could not yet be safely entrusted with arms because of The 'Fifteen' and The 'Forty-Five' rebellions. Groundless as the reasons for this caution undoubtedly were in regard to the Lowlands, it would certainly have been hazardous at a time when the Stuarts and their adherents were still plotting a restoration to have armed the clans
This is taken almost word for word from: Browne, James (1854), history of the Highlands and of the Highland clans: with an extensive selection from the hitherto inedited Stuart papers, 4, A. Fullarton and Co., p. 368
The second change I made to the lead was to change volunteers to recruits because at that time all British soldiers were volunteers (which in the wording of the sentence I changed could have be read to mean "working for free") so changed it to "recruits".
It would probably be a good idea to add in the explanation of the difference between the British militias, fencibles and regular army regiments as spelled out by Brown:
Unlike the militia regiments which were raised by ballot, the Fencibles were to be raised by the ordinary mode of recruiting, and like the regiments of the line, the officers were to be appointed, and their commissions signed by the king.