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.