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Poser 325 - Female servant tax roll for Fife, 1785

This week's poser is an excerpt taken from the female servant tax roll for Fife, 1785 (National Records of Scotland, E326/6/1 page 91).

Although the hand is fairly typical for the late eighteenth century and at first sight seems easy to read, there are a few problems to overcome. It is hard to differentiate between the letter t and the letter l, because the clerk does not cross his ts, and between minimmed letters. Letters formed with minims, such as m, n, u and i can be hard to spot in combination , and his letter e is hard to tell apart from his i (or t or n, or m). Some of the upper case letters are tricky and the clerk's use of heavy and light pen strokes make some personal and place names hard to read, especially in the Female Servants' Names column, where he has had to write minutely to fit the names and designations of the servants into a tight space.

Extract from the female servant tax records for the City of Edinburgh, from 1785 (National Records of Scotland, E326/6/1 page 910.

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This week's question : what were the names of the three chambermaids in Abbotshall parish?

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