Scotland Hearth Tax 1691-1695

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For those who are struggling to find ancestors in Scotland before 1700, when parish records are few and far between, here is a source that may help, just that wee bit. 

Scotland hearth tax records 1691-1695

Take the time to read through the description on the main page as it will explain a lot about the contents.



in The Tree House by Bobbie Hall G2G6 Pilot (122k points)
edited by Bobbie Hall
Thanks, Bobbie. This may be just the thing for a few unanswered questions.
Thanks for sharing, Bobbie!
What a great find Bobbie!  I have found my Mcteere, Adair and McKittrick family in the Wigtownshire records.  Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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Great find, Bobbie! I found three records for men in Argyll with my father's (rareish) surname.
by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (120k points)
Out of curiosity, Jessica, what parish(es)?
From the tax list itself, they all lived in "kilcomkill kilchivan kilblaan and South kintyr". That's what's now Southend and Killean & Kilchenzie on the Kintyre peninsula. It appears that every McFatter/McPhatter in the world ultimately traces back to this tiny piece of Scotland. (I've never seen photos of the place. I'd like to know what it looks like). Unfortunately for me, it seems like those parishes either didn't keep parish records prior to the late 1780s, or they suffered a loss of records.
My husband's McCallum line is from Saddel & Skipness parish, Carradale, not far from there, just further up the peninsula. Beautiful area. You can take a virtual "drive around" using Google maps. And yes, the lack of parish records is a problem for doing earlier research.

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