I’m currently looking at the digitised hearth tax records from the 1690s at ScotlandsPlaces (a subscription site). Among other things I was hoping to find clues to my Somner ancestors in there. I have a Somner ancestor farming in 1720s Garvald parish, and there were Somners in mid 17th century East Lothian, so it’s worth a hunt.
However I’m getting really distracted by all the Greenfields I keep seeing as heads of household in Bara, Garvald and Yester (Gifford) hearth tax returns. Through the Hall side and the Fairs I reach Greenfield ancestors in 18th century Coldingham. I know the earliest known, John Greenfield who married Janet Denholm in 1703, was from East Lothian. When he married her at Coldingham he was living in Spott parish, East Lothian. However I wasn’t quite prepared for the sheer number of Greenfield families I’m finding throughout these East Lothian heart tax returns. Some of them really jump out at me as well, like David Greenfield: David was a recurring name among my Coldingham Greenfields. Maybe a relative? Would be hard to tell, but it’s intriguing.