The Officer Corps
This chapter adopts a prosopographical approach to build an original and full image of Yeomanry officership. It touches on professional culture and addresses examples of social mobility, the wider connections to county society, the question of expense, the importance and reflection of titles of authority, and the technical ability of leadership. Historiographically, the Yeomanry was portrayed as a stronghold of the aristocracy and squirearchy, and as part of a wider system of patronage and power. This chapter explores the nuances of the Yeomanry’s identity by looking beyond defence of property, social positions and politics, and questions variations within the force that resulted from geographical differences and shifts over time.