Tonight I blogged about a research project I’m in the early stages of, analysing Scotland’s 18th century shop tax records from an urban history perspective. There are some mentions of ancestors in these records, and in the example I cite in the blog post there are two of my 6xg-grandfathers, Richard Somner and William Veitch, both in Haddington.
I’ve various academic history research projects on the go, and one of these, still in the early stages, is to look at 18th century Scottish shop tax records. My taught postgraduate Masters degree at Dundee was in Cultural and Urban Histories 1650-1850, and I also worked as a Research Assistant on a pilot study of small towns in Scotland circa 1750-1820. So to study shops and their development in this period is perfect given my background.
Fortunately for me these records have been digitised at ScotlandsPlaces.gov.uk, and so are conveniently accessible. As a disabled academic, with a severely disabling neurological illness, this access is particularly important, meaning I can work on these records at home. You used to be have to go to Edinburgh to look at these records in manuscript form, which I certainly can’t do any more.
The shop tax records that survive for Scotland only cover…
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