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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 The tax was eventually repealed in 1851.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
1748Alexander Aitcken18 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/31
1748Mr William Beatt17 windows12s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/31
1748James Gillespie Esq27 windows£1 7s.Window TaxE326/1/42/31
1748Charles McHardie24 windows£1 4s.Window TaxE326/1/42/31
1748Alexander Walker Esq27 windows£1 7s.Window TaxE326/1/42/31
1748Total Forgan parishDuty on windows£5 4s. 3d.Window TaxE326/1/42/31
May 1753Alexander Aitken18 windows6s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/191
May 1753Mr William Bett16 windows6s.Window TaxE326/1/42/191
May 1753James Gillespie Esq27 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/191
May 1753John Hay Esq14 windows3s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/191
May 1753William Sim Junr19 windows7s. 1.5d.Window TaxE326/1/42/191
May 1753Alexander Walker Esq27 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/191
May 1753Total Forgan parishDuty on windows£2 10s. 4.5d.Window TaxE326/1/42/191
15 May 1754Alexr. Aiken18 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/216
15 May 1754Mr Willm. Bett14 windows7s. 0d.Window TaxE326/1/42/216
15 May 1754James Gilespie Esqr27 windows£1 7s. 0d.Window TaxE326/1/42/216
15 May 1754[-] Hay Esqr16 windows12s. 0d.Window TaxE326/1/42/216
15 May 1754Willm. Sim Junr19 windows14s. 3d.Window TaxE326/1/42/216
15 May 1754Alexr. Walker Esqr27 windows£1 7s. 0d.Window TaxE326/1/42/216
15 May 1754Total Forgan parish£5 0s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/216
15 May 1755Alexr Aitken18 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/229
15 May 1755Mr Willm Beatt14 windows7s. 0d.Window TaxE326/1/42/229
15 May 1755John Gillespie Esqr27 windows£1 7s. 0d.Window TaxE326/1/42/229
15 May 1755John Hay Esqr16 windows14s. 3d.Window TaxE326/1/42/229
15 May 1755Willm Sim Junior19 windows14s. 3d.Window TaxE326/1/42/229
15 May 1755Alexr Walker Esqr27 windows£1 7s. 0d.Window TaxE326/1/42/229
15 May 1755Total Forgan parish£5 0s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/229
15 May 1756Alex Aitken18 windows6s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/245
15 May 1756Mr Wm Beat14 windows3s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/245
15 May 1756John Gillespie Esqr27 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/245
15 May 1756John Hay Esqr14 windows3s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/245
15 May 1756John Meldrum10 windows2s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/245
15 May 1756Wm Syme19 windows7s. 1.5d.Window TaxE326/1/42/245
15 May 1756Alexr Walker Esqr27 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/245
15 May 1756Total Forgan parish[half year Whitsunday to Martinmas 1756]£2 10s. 4.5d.Window TaxE326/1/42/245
16 Nov 1756John Auchinleck18 windows6s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/262
16 Nov 1756Mr Willm Beatt Minister14 windows3s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/262
16 Nov 1756Doctor Gillespie27 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/262
16 Nov 1756John Hay Esqr14 windows3s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/262
16 Nov 1756Willm Sim Junior19 windows7s. 1.5d.Window TaxE326/1/42/262
16 Nov 1756Alexr Walker Esqr27 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/262
16 Nov 1756Total Forgan parish[half year Martinmas 1756 to Whitsunday 1757]£2 7s. 10.5d.Window TaxE326/1/42/262
22 Jun 1757John Auchinleck18 windows6s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/271
22 Jun 1757William Sim19 windows7s. 1.5d.Window TaxE326/1/42/271
23 Jun 1757Mr Willm Beatt14 windows3s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/271
23 Jun 1757John Gillespie Esqr27 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/271
23 Jun 1757John Hay Esqr14 windows3s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/271
23 Jun 1757Alexr Walker Esqr27 windows13s. 6d.Window TaxE326/1/42/271
23 Jun 1757Total Forgan parish[half year Whitsunday to Martinmas 1757]£2 7s. 10.5d.Window TaxE326/1/42/271
23 Nov 1757John Auchinleck11 windows2s. 9d.Window TaxE326/1/42/280

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