Poll Tax

Poll tax, 1693-1699

Poll taxes were imposed in 1694, 1695 and twice in 1698 to pay off the debts and arrears of the army and navy. Payment was graduated at the rate of 6 shillings and upwards according to rank and means; only the poor and children under 16 were exempt. The collectors of the poll tax faced similar difficulties to those of the hearth tax and the records are incomplete. Arranged by county and parish, the amount of information provided varies from list to list (NRS reference E70). Some lists name children and servants.

Argyll parishes 1698-9 are in Inveraray Sheriff Court records SC54/20/1
(JB : have emailed Gavin Dick at the Jail to see if they have copies there)