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The 1691 Hearth Tax Rolls for Ayrshire

 

In 1690 a one-off tax payable at Candlemas - 2nd February 1691 took place although it took until 1694 before most of the tax was collected and in some instances there are no records of the tax having been collected.

The tax was introduced in an attempt to pay back monies advanced to the Shires and Burghs and to reduce the arrears of the army. The Parliament of Scotland granted a tax of 14 shillings (70p in today's money) on each hearth in Scotland. Hospitals and paupers on Poor Parish Rolls were exempted. 

Parliament appointed James Melville of Cassingray as the principal collector. Sub collectors were then appointed to draw up lists of the hearths within their specified areas.

For the genealogist the Rolls provide one of the earliest and fullest list of people in each area.

In Ayrshire the form of the rolls varies between bailliaries and also between the parishes in a bailliary. In Ayrshire the 3 bailliaries are Carrick, Cunninghame and Kyle.

Various publications and sources are now available for those wishing to study or make use of the data collected.

 

'The Hearth Tax for Ayrshire 1691' Ayrshire Records Series Volume 1 by Robert H J Urquhart and Rob Close. Produced by The Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies in 1998 ISBN 0 9532055 0 9 

Hearth Tax for Ayrshire 1691
Robert H J Urquhart (Editor), Rob Close (Editor)

 
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'Index to the Ayrshire Hearth Tax 1691' Available from East Ayrshire Family History Society cost 3.50 + UKPost of 55p.

 

Example of Information in the first publication:-

 

Ardrossan

The List of hearths within the paroch of Ardrossan

There is payed in this paroch 117 and ther is of poor 12 - 129

Montfode

The House of Montfode 4 John Patersone 1
William Boyd 1 Mathew Crawford 1
Hugh Boyd,  elder 1 Robert Miller 1
Hugh Boyd,  younger 1 James Gililand 1
John Boyd 1 John Wood 1

Boydstoun

Hugh Baillie 1 James Stein 1
Hugh Baillie,   younger 1 Robert Boyd 1
John Boyd 1 John Baillie 1

Cadell

James Young 1 Alexander Russell 1
John Richie 1 William Service 1
Hugh Wilsone 1 Robert Skioch 1
James Boyd 1 John Service 1
John Boyd 1 Bryce Blair 1
Thomas Alexander 1 Thomas Skioch 1
Hugh Reid 1 James Service 1
Thomas Galstoune 1 Hugh Milling 1
William Boyll 1 The Lairds waste house
John Parker 1

Barronrie of Ardrossand

John Wyllie 1 Williame Neill 1
Mathew Chamber 1 William & James Alexander 2
John Wyllie 1 John Robssone 1
James Chambers 1 John Russall 1
John Alan 1 James Mitchell 1
Alexander Russall 1 Alexander Stinstoune 1
Robert Boyd 1 William Knox 1
John Chambers 1 John Wyllie 1
James Wilssone 1 Hew Wood 2
Janet Russall 1 Hew Montfood 1
Isbell Russall 1 Robert & William Jacks 2
Robert Russall 1 James Starret 1
James Russall 1 Williame Stinstone (In margin "payed ane") 2
John Boyd 1 Jean Craufurd 1
John Russall 1 James Russall   (In margin "payed ane") 2
The dykes 4 Jean Montfood 1
David Boyd 1 John Stinstoune 1
William Service 1 Thomas Hill 1
Effie Rysyd 1 John Richie 1
John Wyllie 1 John Michell 1
Williame Chambers 1 James Craig 1
Ketrin Galstoune 1 John Peock 1
James Hendrie 1 Robert Hogart 1
John Reid 1 Archibald Steill 1
Robert Boltoune 1 James Craufurd 1
James Boyd 1 John Montgomrie 2
Thomas Boltoune 1 James Auld 1
Ralf Wrght 3 Robert Richie 1
Thomas Boltoune 1 Margrat Lorimer 1
John Broun 1 Niniane Lorimer 1
John Boltoune,  elder 1 William Rosse 1
Robert Boltoune 1 John Brown 1
Elisabeth Laird 1 John Houie 1
Margrat Baillie 1 John Boltoune 1
Janet Baillie 1 James Boltoune 1
George Auld 1 Margrat Mertin 1
John Huie 1 John & Alexander Russall 2
Alexander Richie 1 Robert Boyd,  Knox Criboch 1
Janet Glassgow 1
Williame Montgomrie 1

 

Stevenston

The acompt of the hearth of the parrosh of Stinstoune

There is in this paroch 133 hearths payed; There is of poor 2.

Peter Houie 3 Mitchell Auld 2
James Neilssone 1 John Alassone 1
Georg Auld 1 George Mathie 1
Williame Boyd 1 William Rysyd 1
Alexander Miller 1 John Thomssone 1
John Moriall 1 William Covan 1
John Morriall, younger 1 William Covan 1
Robert Broun 1 David Murchland 4
James Gilles 1 John Hervie 4
James King 1 Robert How 1
John Duncane 1 James Miller 2
Robert Broune 1 John Young 1
Hew Enying 1 James Service 1
Robert Balghanen 1 Hew Young 2
John Cuninghame 1 Mr Robert Sterling 4
John Boyd 1 Williame Miller 3
Hew Paterssone 2 Hew Saidler 1
Hew Montfood 1 John Dean 1
Jean Bell 2 John Covane 1
Janet Glassgow 1 John Young 1
Patrick Sparke 1 John Rysyd 1
Matthew Robissone 1 Georg Service 1
John Lorimer 1 James Young 1
Janet King 1 Malcolm Knox 1
John Boyd 1 John Service 1
Patrick Gilmour 2 George Glassgow 1
Georg Haplaine 1 Matthew Allasone 1
James Mathie 1 John Young 4
Williame Greg 1 Georg Baillie 1
John Lorimer 3 James Glassgow 1
John Neill 1 John Glassgow 1
Robert Or 2 John Sitlintoune 1
Thomas Boltoune 1 John Mackie 1
Georg Dewart 1 John Boyd 1
Williame Leach 1 John Logan 1
Alexander Mathie 1 Neill Small 1
David Boyd 1 Janet Robissone 1
John Knox 1 Janet Cowan 1
Margret Glassgow 1 John Richard 1
John Glassgow 1 Isbell Weir 1
Jean Boyd 1 James Service 1
Thomas Mitchell 2 Robert Bredine 1
Robert Thomssone 1 William Broun 1
James Alassone 1 The Laird of Grang 12
George Glassgow 2 The Laird of Auchenharvie 10

 

Kilwinning

A list of the hearths withine the parrosh of Kilwinning

Eglintonne

In the house of Eglintonne ( in margin "no payet") 25 Matthew Cuming 1
Robert Barbowre 2 Hew Steill 1
John and Robert Spirling 3 Thomas Steill 1
Robert Weir 2 John Miller 1
Jean Cuninghame 2 John Crechtonne 2
John Weir 2 John Richie 1
John Weir,  Ladiehall 1 John Hovie 2
James Weir,  there 1 James Garner 2
Thomas Wilssone 1 Margret Steill 1
James Rankine 2 Robert Dickie 2
John Rankine 2 Hew Mudie 1
Alexander Fladger 1 William Howstonne 1
Robert Blair 1 James Murray 1
Alexander Miller 1 John Wilssone 1
James Patrick 1 Robert Hay 1
James Patrick 1 John Daill 1
John Bigert 2 Robert Gardiner 2
John Walker 2 Robert Bar 2
Thomas Gray 2 My Lords house in Kilwinning 15
Robert Wyllie 1

Fergulls

In the house of Fergushill ( In margin "no payet") 7 John Auld 2
John Andersone 1 John Banks 2
James Bar 1 Hew banks 1
William Stinstone 1 Andrew Muir 1
William Garven 1 John Muir 1
Andrew Garven 1 Thomas Noble 1
Robert Ramssay 1 Williame Mair 1
Robert Dickie 1 Ninian Ker 1
John Cunnyhame (In margin "no payet") 1 Thomas Craig 1
Gabriame Cunyhame 1

Corshill Dowra

The Lady Corshill 6 John Miller 1
David McClassley 1 James Scott 1
James Stewart 2 Robert Houstonne 1
Hew Adame 2 Robert Burns 1
John Lang 1 Thomas Craig 1
Thomas Miller 1 James Brown 1
James Miller 1 Robert Garven 1
James Garven 1

Toun of Kiluining

Robert Garven 1 Thomas Patrick, weaver 1
James Patrick 2 John Knox 1
John Broun 1 Williame Gray 1
Thomas Simssone 1 Thomas Huchissone 1
Robert caldwell (In margin "he payet quich he get back mor") 2 Matthew Frew 2
James Gemill 3 John Steill,   taylior 2
Thomas Patrick 4 John Steill 2
Hew Bar 1 Mr David Meldrume 2
Williame Bar 1 Margret Bunting 3
John Stinstonne 1 Andrew Bryssone 1
James Mories 1 Effie Logane 1
David Logane 1 John Weir 4
Hew Niving 2 Marie Stinstonne 2
James Porter 1 John Howstonne 1
Hendrie Wilsonne (In margin "two ungiven up") 3 John Burns 1
Hew Simsonne 1 William Georg 1
Thomas Garland 1 James Clerk 1
Majorie Bunting 11 Hew Montgomerie 1
Hew Porter 1 James Alan 2
Mr William Rodger,  waist houses 7 Hew Burns 1
James McBryd 3 John Kid 2
James Merchell 4 John Gibsone 1
Patricke Davie 1 Robert Dinlop 1
Hew Stinstonns housse 11 Hew Mories 1
The wood housse 2 John Wilssone 1
Williame Boyd 1 Robert Wilssone 1
John Patrick 1 John Patrick 1
Robert McGig 3 William Craig 1
Margrat Cochrane 4 John Parke 4
John Logane 2 Robert Moriall 1
Janet Keyll 3 Janet Rankine 2
Hew Or 1 John Ker 1
James Montgomrie 2 Hew Egle 1
David Mooir 1

Neithermans soutwest quorter

Walter Dickie,   Neithermans 3 David Reid 2
Hew Montgomie 2 ? Lockart 1
Hew Mories 1 ? Miller,   there 1
Hew Glasgow 1 John Leach 1
John Young 1 William Cuninghame 3
John Park 2 George Service 1
George Young 2 Margret Docheone 1
Isbell Patrick 1 Bessie Thomssone 1
James Docheon 1 Robert Smith 2
Matthew Scott 1 William Kelsso 1
John Aikine 1 Robert Wilsonne 1
John Muir 2 Thomas Boyd 1

Dalgaven

John Miller 1 John Or 1
Samvell Boyll 1 Margrat Dinlop 2
John Temiltonne 1 Mr Robert Boyd 6
David Cuninghame 1 James Hill 1
Ephraime Boyll 1

McGoven Land

John Schioch 1 John Alan 1
James Service 1 John Barklay 1
John Dickie 1

Ladieland

Woodsyd housse 4 Thomas Hill 1
James Dinlop 1 James Young 1
James Dinlop,   younger 1 Hew Reid (In margin "no payet") 1

Montcastell

Montcastell housse 6 Martha Docheon 1
James Miller,  Bryheid 1 Robert Miller,  Cragmylne (In margin "no payet") 1
Robert Boyll 1 Robert Gaven 1
George Logane 1 William Miller 1
John Wilsonne 1
John Stewart 2

Monkroding

Monkroding housse 6 John Kilpatrick 1
John Langwill 1 Janet Reid 1
John Lockart 1 Robert Montgomrie 1
Meran Kilpatrick 1 John Reid 1
John Niving 1

Sevenacris

James Mories 1 Alexander Cochrane 1
John Cuninghame ( in margin "no pay et") 1 Montfood 1

Clonbeith

Clonbeith housse 5 John Fergussone 1
John Higart 1 William Reid 1
Robert Hobkine 1 Thomas Reid 1
Hew Hobkine 1 James Muir 1
John Steill 1 William Muir 1
Robert Barbour 1 Hew Montgomrie 1
John Service 1 Andrew Anderssone 1
John Glen 1 James Muir 1
John Easdell 1 Ephraime Muir 1
Thomas Service 1 Robert Fultonne 1

Montgreenend

Margret Boyd 1 John Smellie,  Reidstonne 1
Agnes Stewart 1 Williame Burns 1
James Craig  (in margin "forgot") 1 Janet Patricke 4
Hew Porter 1 Jean Patricke 1
Andrew Young 1 Thomas Burns 1

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

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