More Scottish records online

Got an email from ScotlandsPeople today to say the following have been digitised and put online.

Dog tax, 1797-1798
Cart tax, 1785-1798
Carriage tax, 1785-1798

So did any of my ancestors have a dog or a cart? I will look and see. I’m sure none of them had a carriage, though.

Interesting what they used to tax – windows, hearths, servants as well as dogs and carts. And didn’t they have a clock and watch tax once, or am I imagining it? Obviously, governments have been keen to raise money every which way they can throughout the ages.

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