cr1tical wrote:In early 1800s, was a Barrack Master an appointment for civilians or retired officers/men or perhaps both? Is it likely to have been an appointment for a relatively young man?
Barrack Master was invariably a job for long-service SNCOs towards the end of their engagement (colour service) and often extended it well beyond any normal retirement age (albeit that men were engaged for 'life' during the early 1800s). It was, in effect a sinecure. Later on an offical, 'long service list' was created for those selected for such jobs. In more recent times such jobs became largely civilianised and usually known under the title Property Manager (PROPMAN). Such roles could still be filled by former soldiers (often retired quartermasters), but they were in direct competition with civilians for selection.