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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 The tax was eventually repealed in 1851.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
19 Sep 1785Captn. Duncan of Sampfurd2 servants: Jean Renton Cookmaid, Mary Stewart Cham[ber] maid7s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/1/94
19 Sep 1785John Gillespie Esq of Kirkton1 servant: Margaret Rannie House serv[an]t1s. 10.5d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/1/94
19 Sep 1785Total Forgan parish3 servants9s. 4.5d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/1/94
28 Jul 1786Captn. Duncan of St ford2 servants: Cathn. Forres House servant, Euphan Henderson Cham[ber]m[ai]d10s.Female Servants TaxE326/6/5/102
28 Jul 1786John Gillespie Esq of Kirkton1 servant: Jean Youll Housemaid2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/5/102
28 Jul 1786Total Forgan parish3 servants12s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/5/102
10 Aug 1787Capt. Alexr. Duncan St Fourd2 servants: Isobell and Nelly Reids house maids10s.Female Servants TaxE326/6/9/104
10 Aug 1787John Gillespie Esq of Kirkton1 servant: Jean Bell house maid2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/9/104
10 Aug 1787Total Forgan parish3 servants12s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/9/104
2 Aug 1788John Gillespie Esq Kirktown1 servant: Mary Remnie Housem[ai]d2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/13/92
24 Jul 1789John Gillespie of Kirkton1 servant: Mary Rannie House S[ervan]t2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/17/99
24 Jul 1789William Gordon Woodhaven1 servant: Ann Dickson House S[ervan]t2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/17/99
24 Jul 1789The Honble. Robt. Lindsay Forgan4 servants: Mrs Chrystie Housekeeper, Jean Carmichael Cookmaid, Euphie Wilkie Cham[be]rmaid, Pegie Chrystie Laundrym[ai]d£2Female Servants TaxE326/6/17/99
24 Jul 1789Total Forgan parish6 servants£2 5s. 0d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/17/99
27 Jul 1790John Gillespie Esq Kirkton1 servant: Mary Ranny housem[ai]d2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/21/90
27 Jul 1790William Gordon Woodhaven1 servant: Ann Dickson housem[ai]d2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/21/90
27 Jul 1790Total Forgan parish2 servants5s. 0d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/21/90
1 Jul 1791John Gillespie Esq Kirktonn1 servant: Mary Ranny houseserv[an]t2s. 6d. +3d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/25/85
1 Jul 1791Robert Stewart Esq Sampford4 servants: Catharine Lyon Housekeeper, Mary Duff Cham[ber]maid, Margt. Rollo Cookmaid, Ann mackie Laundrymaid£2Female Servants TaxE326/6/25/85
1 Jul 1791Total Forgan parish5 servants£2 2s. 6d. + 4s. 3d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/25/85

 

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