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The Newport, Wormit & Forgan Archive

Historic Personal Taxes in the 18th Century

Various personal taxes were raised at different times from 1748. There were separate schedules for each tax but not all records survive. This page has transcripts of the schedules for Forgan parish from 1748 to 1798. The records are held by the National Records of Scotland, ref. E326 and the originals are online at ScotlandsPlaces, which has an overview of the records and transcripts of some of the documents. Interpreting old documents can produce different results.

The following taxes are included here:
Carriage Tax 1785-98 sorted by name,   sorted by date,
Cart Tax 1785-98 sorted by name,   sorted by date,
Clock and Watch Tax 1797-98 sorted by name
Dog Tax 1797-98 sorted by name
Farm Horse Tax 1797-98 sorted by name,   sorted by date,
Female Servants' Tax 1785-92 sorted by name,   sorted by date,
Horse Tax 1785-98 sorted by name,   sorted by date,
Inhabited House Tax 1778-98 sorted by name,   sorted by date,
Male Servants' Tax 1777-98 sorted by name,   sorted by date,
some Window Tax 1748-60 sorted by name,   sorted by date, the remaining Window Tax 1761-98 will appear here shortly.
From 1798 taxes were payable to a single consolidated fund. These were entered on a single schedule, which included houses and windows, inhabited houses, male servants, carriages, riding and carriage horses, horses used in husbandry and trade and mules, and dogs. The consolidated schedules survive for the year 5th April 1798 to 5th April 1799 only.

All records sorted by name,   all records sorted by date

There are no Poll Tax records for Forgan, and no Shop Tax records for Fife at all. The Hearth Tax and some Land Tax records are listed on other pages.

A note on the Window Tax - initially the rolls list properties with 10 or more windows but from 1762 onwards they list those with 8 or more windows and from October 1766 they list those with 7 or more. The tax was eventually repealed in 1851.

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DateTaxpayerTaxable itemsDuty paidTaxSource ref
Oct 1797John Berry Esq, TayfieldDuty on 8 dogs at 5 shillings each£2Dog TaxE326/11/1/102
Oct 1797Thomas Fleming, E FreertonDuty on 1 dog at 5 shillings each5s. 0d.Dog TaxE326/11/1/102
Oct 1797Alexander Meldrum, InverdiviotDuty on 1 dog at 3 shillings each3s. 0d.Dog TaxE326/11/1/102
Oct 1797Robert Stewart Esq, St FortDuty on 3 dogs at 5 shillings each15s. 0d.Dog TaxE326/11/1/102
Oct 1797Total Forgan parishDuty on 1 dog at 5 shillings, 13 dogs at 3 shillings£3 3s. 0d.Dog TaxE326/11/1/102

 

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