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Poser 376 - Poll Books and Lists, Old Kirk Parish, Edinburgh, 1694

This week's poser is taken from the Poll Books and Lists and is the account for Old Kirk Parish, Edinburgh, dating from 1694 (National Records of Scotland, E70/4/5 page 54). Poll taxes were imposed four times during the 1690s to pay off the debts and arrears of the army and navy – payments were graded according to income.

The hand here suffers a few places from interference between letters from other words and other lines of text. It is also partly obscured in one section where the entries have been crossed out later. Some names and words have also been contracted in places. Secretary hand e, h, and r are particularly noticeable here.

Image of an extract from the Poll Books and Lists: Account for Old Kirk Parish, Edinburgh (National Records of Scotland, E70/4/5 page 54).

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This week's questions: How many servants are listed and how much tax did they have to pay?

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Letter Interference
17th century alphabet
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