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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 The tax was eventually repealed in 1851.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 Sep1785William Challmers Uperfrierton1 carriage & saddle horse5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/123
19 Sep1785Captn. Alexr Duncan of St Ford2 carriage & saddle horses10s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/123
19 Sep1785Thomas Fleeming Neuton of Frierton1 carriage & saddle horse5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/124
19 Sep1785John Gillespie Esqr of Kirkton1 carriage & saddle horse5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/123
19 Sep1785John Hay at Newport3 carriage & saddle horses5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/124
19 Sep1785Andrew Jameson at [Woodmuir]2 carriage & saddle horses5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/124
19 Sep1785Andrew Lanceman at Woodmuir2 carriage & saddle horses5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/124
19 Sep1785William McCulloch at Scrugieside1 carriage & saddle horse5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/124
19 Sep1785John Meldrum in Innerdavid1 carriage & saddle horse5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/124
19 Sep1785Mrs Meldrum in Barns of [Kirkton]1 carriage & saddle horse5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/123
19 Sep1785George Stark in Flass1 carriage & saddle horse5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/123
19 Sep1785Peter Walker in Newton1 carriage & saddle horse5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/123
19 Sep1785Total Forgan parish17 carriage & saddle horses£4 5s. 0d.Horse TaxE326/9/1/124
10 Aug 1787William Chalmers at upper Frirton1 saddle horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787Captain Alexander Duncan of St ford2 carriage horses, 1 saddle horse£1 10s. 0d.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787Thomas Fleming at Frirton1 saddle horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787John Gillespie Esq of Kirton1 saddle horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787John Hay at Newport3 saddle horses£1 10s. 0d.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787Andrew Jameson at Woodmuir1 saddle horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787Andrew Lansman at [Woodmuir]1 saddle horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787William McCullow at Scrogiesead1 saddle horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787John Melldrum at Inerdavid1 saddle horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787Mrs Melldrum at the Barns of Kirton1 saddle horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787George Stark at Flass1 saddle horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787Petter Wallker at Newton1 saddle horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787Total Forgan parish2 carriage horses, 14 saddle horses£8Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
2 Aug 1788William Bousie Barnskirktone1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/131
2 Aug 1788Thomas Fleming at Frierton1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/130
2 Aug 1788John Gillespie Esq of Kirktone1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/131
2 Aug 1788John Hay at Newport3 saddle horses£1 10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/130
2 Aug 1788Andrew Jameson in Woodmuir1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/130
2 Aug 1788Andrew Lanceman at [Woodmuir]1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/130
2 Aug 1788William McCulloch Scrogyside1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/130
2 Aug 1788John Meldrum in Innerdervid1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/130
2 Aug 1788George Stark at Flass1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/130
2 Aug 1788Robert Thom in Upper friertonn1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/131
2 Aug 1788Peter Walker at Newton1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/130
2 Aug 1788Total Forgan parish13 saddle horses£6 10s 0d.Horse TaxE326/9/9/131
24 Jul 1789William Bisset at the Kirkton of Barns1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/12/127
24 Jul 1789Thomas Fleming at Freirton1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/12/127
24 Jul 1789John Gillespie Esq Kirkton1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/12/127
24 Jul 1789John Hay at Newport for hyre2 carriage horses£1Horse TaxE326/9/12/127
24 Jul 1789John Hay of Newport2 horses (1 no charge, 1 at 5s. per annum)3s. 9d.Horse TaxE326/9/15/63
24 Jul 1789Andrew Landsman at Woodmuir for hyre1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/12/127
24 Jul 1789The Honble Robt Lindsay of Lewchars at St ford4 horses (2 carriage and 2 saddle)£2Horse TaxE326/9/12/127
24 Jul 1789The Hone. Robt Lindsay of St foord4 horses (3 no charge, 3 at 7s. 6d. per annum) [sic]16s. 10.5d.Horse TaxE326/9/15/63
24 Jul 1789William McCulloch at Scrogiesid for hyre1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/12/127
24 Jul 1789John Meldrum at Innerdvid1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/12/127
24 Jul 1789Robert Thom uper Frierton1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/12/127
24 Jul 1789Peter Walker at Newton1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/12/127

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