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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 The tax was eventually repealed in 1851.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
27 Jul 1777John Killespy Esqr of Kirton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/46/101
27 Jul 1777John Gillespy Esqr closed up 5 wind.House & Window TaxE326/1/46/101
19 Aug 1778John Gibleston Esqr of Kirkton [sic]1 house [rated] £51s. 10.5d.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/5
19 Aug 1778John Gillespie Esqr of Kirtown1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/47/9
24 Aug 1779John Gillespie Esqr of Kirkton1 house [rated] £57.5d.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/13
24 Aug 1779John Gillespie Esqr of Kirkton1 house [rated] £62s. 3d.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/22
24 Aug 1779John Gillespie Esqr Kirtown1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/47/32
9 Aug 1780John Gillespie Esqr of Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/47/56
23 Jul 1781John Gillespie Esqr of Kirkton1 house [rated] £63s.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/29
23 Jul 1781John Gillespie Esqr Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/47/78
23 Jul 1782John Gillespie Esqr of Kirkton1 house [rated] £63s.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/37
22 Jul 1783John Gillespie Esqr Kirkton1 house [rated] £63s.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/45
22 Jul 1783John Gillespie Esqr Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/47/124
4 Aug 1784John Gillespie Esqr Kirkton1 house [rated] £63s.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/53
4 Aug 1784John Gillespy Esqr Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/48/9
19 Sep 1785John Gillespie Esq of Kirkton1 servant: Margaret Rannie House serv[an]t1s. 10.5d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/1/94
19 Sep1785John Gillespie Esqr of Kirkton1 carriage & saddle horse5s.Horse TaxE326/9/1/123
19 Sep 1785John Gillespie Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/48/32
28 Jul 1786John Gillespie Esq of Kirkton1 servant: Jean Youll Housemaid2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/5/102
28 Jul 1786John Gillespie Esqr of Kirkton1 house [rated] £63s.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/69
28 Jul 1786John Gillespie Esqr Kirktown1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/48/54
10 Aug 1787John Gillespie Esqr Kirkton1 house [rated] £63s.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/80
10 Aug 1787John Gillespie Esq of Kirkton1 servant: Jean Bell house maid2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/9/104
10 Aug 1787John Gillespie Esq of Kirton1 saddle horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/6/115
10 Aug 1787John Gillespie Esqr Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/48/78
2 Aug 1788John Gillespie Esq Kirktown1 servant: Mary Remnie Housem[ai]d2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/13/92
2 Aug 1788John Gillespie Esq of Kirktone1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/9/131
2 Aug 1788John Gillespie Esqr Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/48/99
24 Jul 1789John Gillespie of Kirkton1 servant: Mary Rannie House S[ervan]t2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/17/99
24 Jul 1789John Gillespie Esq Kirkton1 saddle horse10sHorse TaxE326/9/12/127
24 Jul 1789John Gillespie of Kirkton1 house [rated] £63s.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/89
24 Jul 1789John Gillespie Esq Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/49/10
27 Jul 1790John Gillespie Esq Kirkton1 servant: Mary Ranny housem[ai]d2s. 6d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/21/90
27 Jul 1790John Gillespie Esqr Kirkton1 horse10s.Horse TaxE326/9/17/104
27 Jul 1790John Gillespie Kirktonn1 house [rated] £63s.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/100
27 Jul 1790John Gillespie Esq Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house)House & Window TaxE326/1/49/35
1 Jul 1791John Gillespie Esq Kirktonn1 servant: Mary Ranny houseserv[an]t2s. 6d. +3d.Female Servants TaxE326/6/25/85
1 Jul 1791John Gillespie Kirktonn1 horse10s. + 1s.Horse TaxE326/9/20/105
1 Jul 1791John Gillespie Esqr Kirkton1 house [rated] £63s. + 3.6d.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/107
1 Jul 1791John Gillespie of Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house) + 3s. 11.4d. (10%)House & Window TaxE326/1/49/60
25 Jul 1792John Gillespie Kirktown1 horse10s. + 1s.Horse TaxE326/9/23/117
25 Jul 1792Dr Gillespie Kirkton1 house [rated] £63s. + 3.6d.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/115
25 Jul 1792Dr. Jo. Gillespie Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house) + 3s. 11.4d. (10%)House & Window TaxE326/1/49/82
18 Jul 1793Dr. Gillespie Kirktown1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house) + 3s. 11.4d. (10%)House & Window TaxE326/1/49/99
4 Aug 1794Dr Gillespie Kirkton1 horse10s. + 1s.Horse TaxE326/9/26/123
4 Aug 1794Dr Gillespie Kirkton1 house [rated] £63s. + 3.6d.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/125
4 Aug 1794Dr. Gillespie Kirkton1 house, 22 windows£1 18s. 6d. (windows) + 1s. (house) + 3s. 11.4d. (10%)House & Window TaxE326/1/49/119
2 Oct 1797Miss Gillespie, Kirkton1 clock3s. 9d.Clock & Watch TaxE326/12/2/29
2 Oct 1797Miss Gillespie Kirkton1 house [rated] £105s. + 6d. + 6d.Inhabited House TaxE326/3/15/142
2 Oct 1797Miss Gillespie Kirktoun1 servant: Jno [John] Orchyard, Gardner£1 5s. 0d. + 2s. 6d. + 2s. 6d.Male Servants TaxE326/5/25/82

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