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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 The tax was eventually repealed in 1851.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
1748Alexander Aitcken18 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/31
May 1753Alexander Aitken18 windows6s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/191
15 May 1754Alexr. Aiken18 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/216
15 May 1755Alexr Aitken18 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/229
15 May 1756Alex Aitken18 windows6s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/245
9 Aug 1758Jno Anderson1 house6d.House & Window TaxE326/1/42/299
16 Nov 1756John Auchinleck18 windows6s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/262
22 Jun 1757John Auchinleck18 windows6s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/271
23 Nov 1757John Auchinleck11 windows2s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/280
2 Aug 1760Walter Barclay1 house6d.House & Window TaxE326/1/43/116
early 1761Walter Barcly1 house6d.House & Window TaxE326/1/43/155
1748Mr William Beatt17 windows12s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/31
May 1753Mr William Bett16 windows6s.Window TaxE326/1/42/191
15 May 1754Mr Willm. Bett14 windows7s. 0d.Window TaxE326/1/42/216
15 May 1755Mr Willm Beatt14 windows7s. 0d.Window TaxE326/1/42/229
15 May 1756Mr Wm Beat14 windows3s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/245
16 Nov 1756Mr Willm Beatt Minister14 windows3s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/262
23 Jun 1757Mr Willm Beatt14 windows3s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/271
24 Nov 1757Mr Wm Beatt Min[iste]r14 windows3s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/280
28 Jun 1758Mr Willm Beatt1 house 14 windows4s. 0d.House & Window TaxE326/1/42/299
6 Apr 1759Mr Wm Beatt Min[iste]r1 house 14 windows4s. 0d.House & Window TaxE326/1/42/311
21 Jul 1759Mr Willm Beat Min[iste]r1 house, 14 windows3s. 6d. (windows) + 6d. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/43/43
2 May 1760Mr William Beat Min[iste]r1 house, 14 windows3s. 6d. (windows) + 6d. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/43/80
2 Aug 1760Mr William Bett Min[iste]r1 house, 14 windows3s. 6d. (windows) + 6d. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/43/115
5 Jun 1791John Berry Esq, Tayfield1 private carriage with 4 wheels£8 + 16s.Carriage TaxE326/8/13/55
1 Jul 1791John Berry Esqr of Hayfield1 house [rated] £84s. + 4.8d.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/107
1 Jul 1791John Berry Esq Tayfield1 servant: John McIntosh, House Servt.£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/17/67
1 Jul 1791John Berry Hayfield1 house, 14 windows£1 1s. 0d. (windows) + 1s. (house) + 2s. 2.4d. (10%)House & Window TaxE326/1/49/60
- Jul 1792John Berry Tayfield1 servant£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/19/75
25 Jul 1792John Berry Tayfield3 horses (1 at 10s. + 2 at 17s. 6d.)£2 5s. 0d. + 4s. 6d.Horse TaxE326/9/23/117
25 Jul 1792John Berry Tayfield1 house [rated] £84s. + 4.8d.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/115
25 Jul 1792John Berry Tayfield1 house, 14 windows£1 1s. 0d. (windows) + 1s. (house) + 2s. 2.4d. (10%)House & Window TaxE326/1/49/82
26 Jul 1792John Berry, Tayfield1 private carriage with 4 wheels£8 + 16s.Carriage TaxE326/8/15/58
18 Jul 1793John Berry Esqr Tayfield1 servant: Andw. Lanceman, Servant£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/21/81
18 Jul 1793John Berry Esq Tayfield1 house, 14 windows£1 1s. 0d. (windows) + 1s. (house) + 2s. 2.4d. (10%)House & Window TaxE326/1/49/99
4 Aug 1794John Berry Esq, Tayfield1 private carriage with 4 wheels£8 + 16s.Carriage TaxE326/8/17/65
4 Aug 1794John Berry Esq Tayfield3 horses (1 at 10s. + 2 at 17s. 6d.)£2 5s. 0d. + 4s. 6d.Horse TaxE326/9/26/123
4 Aug 1794John Berry of Tayfield1 house [rated] £84s. + 4.8d.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/125
4 Aug 1794John Berry Esqr Tayfield1 servant£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/23/81
4 Aug 1794John Berry Esq Tayfield1 house, 14 windows£1 1s. 0d. (windows) + 1s. (house) + 2s. 2.4d. (10%)House & Window TaxE326/1/49/119
2 Oct 1797Mr Berry, Tayfield1 clock, 2 silver or metal watches7s. 6d.Clock & Watch TaxE326/12/2/29
Oct 1797John Berry Esq, TayfieldDuty on 8 dogs at 5 shillings each£2Dog TaxE326/11/1/102
2 Oct 1797John Berry, Tayfield1 private carriage with 4 wheels£8 + 16s.Carriage TaxE326/8/19/52
2 Oct 1797John Berry Esq, Tayfield2 horses, 2 liable for duty at 2 shillings each4s. 0d.Farm Horse TaxE326/10/2/303
2 Oct 1797Mr Berry Tayfield3 horses11s. 3d. + 2s. 3d.Horse TaxE326/9/32/67
2 Oct 1797Mr Berry Tayfield1 house [rated] £105s. + 6d. + 6d.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/142
2 Oct 1797Mr Berry Tayfield1 servant: Wm Marshall, Ho[use] Servant£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/25/82
2 Oct 1797Mr Berry Tayfield1 house, 14 windows£1 1s. 0d. (windows) + 1s. (house) + 2s. 2.4d. (10%) + 2s. 2.4d. (10%)House & Window TaxE326/1/49/143
8 Oct 1797Mr Berry Tayfield3 horses (1 at 10s. + 2 at 17s. 6d.)£2 5s. 0d. + 4s. 6d. + £2 5s. 0d.Horse TaxE326/9/29/123
2 Oct 1797John Berry Esq, Tayfield2 horses, 2 liable for duty4s. 6d. + 10.8d.Farm Horse TaxE326/10/9/31

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