Hope you had a Festive Holiday. Glad that the details were informative [though of course not fully conclusive]. Yes, a very complicated system as we have all discovered.
It was probably more politically driven under Sir George Yonge, Secretary at War and virtually CinC of the army, who wielded considerable patronage until the appointment of the Duke of York as the CinC in 1795, the 1809 scandal notwithstanding.
No doubt that connections [Nobles, Members of Parliament, etc.] exerted some influence on the decisions as to who received certain pensions and appointments. There are misconceptions about the British Army of the period, and one is the amount of preference given to the favoured classes over others. However under the Duke, I see a trend more towards merit and need.
In 1797, one of the better paid non-residential governorships became available. The Duke wrote to the King, "the only officers who have applied for governments are Generals [Staats] Morris, [Henry] St. John and [William] Dalrymple. As I am not aware of any distinguishing feature of military merit among the three, your Majesty may prefer the eldest and poorest of them, which is General Morris, and promote him to the government of Quebec." Quebec was worth £346 15s per year and Morris was duly appointed. The residential governorships probably more political in nature.
Have a great 2005.