The History of Leith

September 26, 2007

Impressment

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Impressment (colloquially, “press-ganging”) is the act of conscripting people to serve in the military or navy, usually by force and without notice. It was used by the Royal Navy, beginning in 1664, during the 18th century and early 19th century, in time of war as a means of crewing warships, although legal sanction for the practice goes back to the time of King Edward I. for more click here

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