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Rules and Orders for Granting Pensions to the Widows of Commission and Warrant Officers of the Royal Navy


Art. l.- Widows of Commission and Warrant Officers of the Royal Navy may be allowed Pensions as hereinafter directed, and subject to the following Restrictions, provided they shall appear to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to be proper and deserving Objects of the Public Bounty, and not left in wealthy circumstances.

Art. 2.- The Rates of Pensions shall be as follows, viz. :

    Per Annum
To the WIDOWS of    Flag Officers of H. M.'s Fleet 120
Captains of 3 Years' standing 90
Captains under 3 Years standing 80
Captains (retired under Order in Council, 10th Aug. 1840) . 75
Commanders 70
Commanders (retired under Order in Council of 1816) 60
Commanders (retired under Order in Council of 1830) 50
Medical Inspectors of Hospitals and Fleets 60
Secretaries to Commanders in Chief 50
Deputy Medical Inspectors of Hospitals and Fleets 50
Lieutenants 50
Masters 50
Chaplains 40
Secretaries to Junior Flag Officers and Commodores 40
Surgeons 40
Paymasters and Pursers 40
Naval Instructors 40
Assistant-Surgeons 36
Assistant-Surgeons 36
Assistant-Surgeons 36

Widows of Officers of the Royal Marines are entitled to the following Pensions:

   
The WIDOW of a     General Officer     120    
Colonel 90
Lieutenant-Colonel      80
Major 70
Captain 50
First Lieutenant 40
Surgeon . 45
Second Lieutenant 36

The Widows of Boatswains, Gunners, and Carpenters, of the Royal Navy, and Masters of Naval Vessels, appointed prior to the 30th of June, 1830 will, if otherwise qualified, be entitled to a Pension of 25.: but the Widows of the above Warrant Officers, and the Widows of Engineers who shall have been warranted subsequently to the 30th June, 1830, are not entitled to Pensions unless their husbands shall have suffered a violent death, and provided they shall be otherwise entitled to the same, in which case the following Pensions will be allowed.

To the Widow of a Gunner, Boatswain, Carpenter, or Engineer, whose husband shall have been killed in action, a pension of 35 a-year.

To the Widow of any of the above-named Warrant Officers, whose husband shall have been drowned on duty, or suffered a violent death in an immediate act of duty, a pension of 30 a-year.

Art. 3 - The Pensions of all Widows shall commence from the first day of the Month following that in which their Husbands died, provided application be made by the Widow within Twelve Months from the same, otherwise from the time only of such application; and all applications for Pensions must be addressed to the Secretary of the Admiralty.

Art. 4.- The Widows of Officers (except Chaplains) who shall have married after the 31st of December, 1830, are only entitled to the Pensions of their respective Classes in the event of their Husbands having been on the List of Commission or Warrant Officers, or on the list of Naval Instructors, ten complete years, except the Husband be killed in action, or lose his life in the execution of the Service.

Art. 5.- No Widow shall receive a Pension as a Chaplain's Widow, unless her Husband shall have been in Priest's Orders, nor unless his name was on the List at the time of his death, nor unless she shall have been married during, or prior to her Husband's Service in the Navy, and unless her Husband shall have served Three Years in sea-going Ships, or Four Years in Guard-Ships, subsequent to their marriage, and shall, in the whole, have served the length of time to entitle him to his Half-pay.

Art. 6.- No Widow shall be entitled to the Pension who has not been married Twelve Months to the Officer by whose right she claims the same, unless the said Officer was killed or drowned in the Sea Service; but the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty may grant the Pension in cases of Officers dying before the expiration of Twelve Months from the time of their Marriage, in such cases as they think proper.

Art. 7.- If any Officer shall marry after the Age of Sixty Years, his Widow shall not be entitled to receive the Pension; or, if being capable of Service, he should, at his own solicitation, be excused from it, being at the time warned that his Widow would thereby forfeit the Pension.

Art. 8.-The above Pensions shall not be received by any Widow, together with any other Pension from the Government.

Art. 9.-Widows who shall have re-married after the 31st December, 1830, shall forfeit their Pensions.

Art. 10.-The Pensions of Widows who shall have re-married prior to the 31st of December, 1830, shall be paid to themselves, and their Receipts shall, notwithstanding their Coverture, be deemed a sufficient discharge for the payment of their Pension.

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