Before the 1790's soldiers were
generally lodged in inns, stables and alehouses.
Gradually barracks were built. Barrack
rooms were supplied with a trestle table, some benches and
two copper boilers in which soldiers cooked their own food. There
was a wooden urinal tub for use at night; during the day
it was useful for washing clothes. There were no places
for soldiers to wash themselves.
Even in a period when life was hard for
most people the soldiers' poor living conditions caused the
peacetime death rate amongst them to be twice that of the