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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 The tax was eventually repealed in 1851.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
1 Jul 1791John Berry Esq Tayfield1 servant: John McIntosh, House Servt.£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/17/67
- Jul 1792John Berry Tayfield1 servant£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/19/75
18 Jul 1793John Berry Esqr Tayfield1 servant: Andw. Lanceman, Servant£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/21/81
4 Aug 1794John Berry Esqr Tayfield1 servant£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/23/81
2 Oct 1797Mr Berry Tayfield1 servant: Wm Marshall, Ho[use] Servant£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/25/82
19 Sep 1785Captn. Duncan of St ford3 servants: Charles McFortone, Butler; James Edwards, Groom; Alex Lawson, Gardiner£3 7s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/5/98
28 Jul 1786Captn. Duncan St ford3 servants: James Edwards, Groom; John Duncan, Gardiner; Chas. Mcfarlane, Butler£4 10s. 0d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/7/107
10 Aug 1787Captn. Duncan of St ford3 servants: Charles Mcfarline, James Mcfarline, John Mcfarline - His Servants£4 10s. 0d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/9/62
2 Oct 1797Miss Gillespie Kirktoun1 servant: Jno [John] Orchyard, Gardner£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/25/82
2 Oct 1797Willm Gordon Woodhaven1 servant: --, Postillion£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/25/82
1 Jul 1791Robt. Stewart Esqr St Ford4 servants: James Johnston, Butler; William Archibald, Postillion; William Wright, House Servt.; Alexander Broadfoot, House Servt.£6 + 12s. 0d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/17/67
- Jul 1792Ro. Stewart of St Fort4 servants£6 + 12s. 0d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/19/75
18 Jul 1793Robt Stewart Esqr St Fort4 servants: Jas. Donaldson, House servt; Wm Archibald, Coachman; Robt. Bremner, Garder; Jas Archbald, House boy£6 + 12s. 0d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/21/81
4 Aug 1794Robt Stewart Esqr St Fort3 servants£4 10s. 0d. + 9s. 0d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/23/81
2 Oct 1797Mr Stewart, St Fort3 servants: Wm Archibald, Peter Wood, Ho[use] Servants both; Rob Bruner, Gairdner£1 13s. 9d. + 6s. 9d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/27/54
2 Oct 1797Mr Stewart St Fort3 servants: Wm Archibald, Peter Wood, Ho[use] Servants; Rob Burner, Gardner£4 10s. 0d. + 9s. 0d. + 9s. 0d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/25/82
- Aug 1778Mr Walker of Sampfoord1 servant: Andrew Jameson, Gardener15s. 0d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/1/92
24 Aug 1779Mr Walker of Sampfoordformerly one Servant now none-Male Servants TaxE326/5/3/98
1 Jul 1791Total Forgan parish5 servants£7 5s. 0d. + 14s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/17/67
- Jul 1792Total Forgan parish5 servants£7 5s. 0d. + 14s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/19/75
18 Jul 1793Total Forgan parish5 servants£7 5s. 0d. + 14s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/21/81
4 Aug 1794Total Forgan parish4 servants£5 15s. 0d. + 11s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/23/81
2 Oct 1797Total Forgan parish6 servants (3 x 1, 1 x 3)£8 5s. 0d. + 16s. 6d. + 16s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/25/82

 

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