I have stumbled across this thread and read with great interest. Last week I made a fruitless visit to Kew in my quest to investigate a theory that my Danish ancestor was held as a prisoner sometime between 1793 and 1796. I went to investigate ADM103 - but learned more than anything else about the pitfalls of poor preparation before visiting.
Can anyone guide me to lists of Danish prisoners in this early period of the Revolutionary Wars? I have read that lists were microfilmed in 1979 by a Norwegian academic and are now in Kristiansand but does anyone know which of the ADM 103 series refers to Danes from this early period?
By way of background, the ancestor I am researching was a mariner called Gerard Egelsdorf, who married Martha Rees (born in Pembroke) at Swansea in 1796. Could he have been a prisoner on parole? He died in a shipwreck (family legend) before 1807, by which time he had anglicised his name to Egelstaff.
If I can find him in a prison list, I may learn his age and town of birth, both of which would help a long quest to find his Danish origin. Any help or advice would be very welcome.