Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Taxing questions

• I HAVE got back to the late 17th century with some of my ancestors, but I have now got stuck. Would taxation records help me?
H Black (by e-mail)

• Various types of taxes were levied for varying periods in Scotland. The lists of people liable for each tax, or of payments made by them, may be worth examining. At least you may find that a person of a certain name was resident in a certain parish. Taxation records are mainly found in the Exchequer records held at the National Archives of Scotland (NAS). The two main types of taxation records you should look for in this period are the records of the Hearth Tax (NAS ref: E69) and the Poll Tax (NAS ref: 70). for more click here

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