British Society, Poplar Perception and Public Support
This chapter explores the state of public feeling towards Yeomanry regiments and their links with their recruiting areas and wider society. Building on the membership chapters, it engages with the broader social impacts of the force’s existence and the events and ceremonies that help build bonds between serving men and local populations. It demonstrates that, despite clashes with crowds and notorious failings such as at Peterloo, regiments were intimately linked to their localities. This chapter completes the analysis of the Yeomanry from a human perspective, providing long overdue answers to questions of social composition, recruitment, public support, participation and respect—all in light of its varied and at times controversial nineteenth-century experience.