Assessed Tax Rolls, 1799 - 1831

The excel spreadsheets provided here in PDF format are full transcriptions of various volumes of Assessed Tax lists for the County of Aberdeen, originally compiled under the Inhabited House etc. Duties Act, 1798, c. 40; and the Duties on Servants etc. Act c. 41, 1798, c.41. These Acts set the duties that were liable to be paid on windows, houses, male servants, carriages, carts, carriage and riding horses, horses used in trade and husbandry, and dogs.

Please note you will need to change the magnification of the page to at least 75% in order to read through them.

The volumes were split up into different districts of the county, each covering different parishes.  The parishes found under the jurisdiction of the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Districts are as follows:

First District

Alford, Auchindoir, Aboyne, Birse, Cluny, Cushnie, Crathie, Coldstone, Coull, Drumoak, Echt, Forbes, Glenbucket, Glenmuick, Kemnay, Keig, Kildrummy, Kincardine, Lochel (Leochel), Lumphanan, Midmar, Monymusk, Newhills, Nether Banchory, Old Machar, Peterculter, Skene, Strathdon, Tough, Tillynessle, Towie and Tarland.

Second District

Aberdour, Auchterless, Belhelvie, Bourty, Cruden, Crimond, Culsamond, Cairnie, Cabrach, Clatt, Chapel of Garioch, Daviot, Drumblade, Dyce, Ellon, Foveran, Fraserburgh, Fyvie, Fintray, Forgue, Glass, Gartley, Huntley, Inch, Inverury, King-Edward, Keith-Hall , Kearn, Kinnethmont, Kintore, Kinellar, Logie-Buchan, Longside, Lonmay, Leslie, Monquhitter, Methlick, Meldrum, New Deer, New Machar, Old Deer, Oyne, Peterhead, Pitsligo, Premnay, Rathen, Rhynie, Rayne, Slains, Strichen, Tyrie, Turriff, Tarves and Udny

Third District

Alford, Auchindoir, Bourty (Bourtie), Cabrach, Cairnie, Chapel of Garioch, Clatt, Culsalmond, Cushnie, Daviot, Drumblade, Dyce, Forbes, Forgue, Gartly, Glass, Glenbuicket (Glenbuchat), Huntly, Inverury (Inverurie), Kearn, Keig, Kemnay, Kildrummie (Kildrummy), Kinellar, Kinethmont (Kennethmont), Kintore, Leslie, Lochel (Leochel), Meldrum, Monymusk, Oyne, Premnay, Rayne, Rhynie, Skene, Strathdon, Tough, Towie, and Tullynessle.

Fourth District

Part First Auchterless, Bourty (Bourtie), Cairnie, Chapel of Garioch, Culsalmond, Daviot, Drumblade, Forgue, Fyvie, Gartly, Glass, Huntly (town and parish), Insch, Inverury (Inverurie), Kiethhall (Keithhall), Kinethmont (Kennethmont), Leslie, Meldrum (town and parish), Oyne, Premnay, Rayne, and Turriff (town and parish).   Supplementary assessment by parish, Part Second, comprising assessments of individual inhabitants within the district, liable for the following duties- Armorial Bearings, Hair Powder, Horse Dealers', Game, and Carriages.  Part Third, comprising assessment of  'inhabitants of four shillings and sixpence for a house, liable to no other duty',for towns of Huntly, Inverury (Inverurie), Meldrum, and Turriff.

Fifth District (from 1815/16)

Includes Aboyne, Alford, Auchindoir, Birse, Cabrach, Clatt, Coldstone, Coull, Crathie, Cushnie, Forbes, Glenbuicket (Glenbuchat), Glenmuick, Kearn, Keig, Kildrummie, Kincardine, Lochel (Leochel), Lumphannan (Lumphanan), Rhynie, Strathdon, Tarland, Tough, Towie, and Tullynessle.

Please note that spellings of the parishes have been left as they appear in the original volume.

In Scotland the organisations responsible for collecting these taxes were the Commissioners of Supply (the predecessors to the County Councils). The volumes transcribed here are the lists compiled by the Aberdeen County Commissioners of those people in Aberdeenshire that were liable to pay these taxes in their first year of operation (1799), 1809/10, 1819/20 and 1830/31. Lists were compiled annually within the County and have survived for every year until 1832.

The information contained in them is broken down by parish and includes names and addresses of those liable to pay, information required for the assessment of each tax (e.g. number of windows), and the total amounts due for the year.

Not everyone was rich enough to have the commodities that were taxed under the Acts mentioned, and so they are not a comprehensive list of all the people living in Aberdeen County from 1799 to 1832. Nevertheless, they represent one of the most significant surviving lists of inhabitants for Aberdeenshire in that period, next to the Old Parish Registers held by the General Register Office for Scotland for the same years.

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives would like to thank Rosemary Watt and Sandy Weir for transcribing these volumes and for their continuing assistance in this project.


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