Lay-out of the General Land and Sea Muster-rolls, 1700-1789, Chambers of Amsterdam and Zeeland


  1. 'Grand total' of the employees of all establishments mentioned in the roll / 'grand total' of the crew members on ships included in the roll.
  2. Total of employees in the establishment concerned / total of crew members on the ship concerned.
  3. Total of the employees in one professional category in the establishment concerned / total of employees in one professional category on the ship concerned.
  4. Rank of the employee concerned in the year to which the roll refers ('presente qualiteyt'').
  5. Monthly amounts are added up per establishment/ship.
  6. Total of the amounts owed per month in wages by the VOC to the employees in all the establishments and ships included in the roll.
  7. Name of the ship on which the employee arrived in Asia. When the VOC employee transferred to another ship at the Cape or Good Hope, then the ship's pay ledger of the ship referred to in the muster-roll indicates the name of the ship upon which the employee sailed from the Republic. The ship's pay ledger of that ship contains the information about the career of the VOC employee.Sometimes instead of a ship's name 'in service' is noted. This means that that particular employee was born in Asia or arrived in Asia in otherwise than VOC employment.
  8. Year of arrival in Asia.
  9. Rank upon entering voc employment.
  10. VOC chamber in the service of which employment was taken.

Source: F. Lequin, Het personeel van de Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie in Azië in de achttiende eeuw, meer in het bijzonder in the vesting Bengalen (2 volumes; Leiden 1982) 339.

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