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History of West Calder
Chapter XVI. Old Valuation Rolls


Having gleaned all I can from the writings of the Rev. Dr Muckersy, my attention is now turned to the old valuation rolls of the parish for 1726 and 1814 respectively. These are of sufficent importance to find a place in the History of West Calder, as they will be particularly interesting to the heritors and others in the parish, being extracted from the “ Valuation Book, or Roll, of the County of Midlothian, or Edinburgh,” placed at my service, by the kindness of Thomas Bauchope Esq., New Brucefield, by West Calder, complied by William Macfarlane of George’s St., Edinburgh, in 1814, and attested by George Clerk, preses. of the Commissioners of Supply for the county of Edinburgh, on the 14th November of the same year as the approved scroll of the rectified valuation book or Cess Roll. The necessity for this revised roll (by which the land tax, usually called the king’s cess, and other public burdens, are collected,) appears to have arisen from the facts stated in the volumn itself, viz  "The rolls down to 1811, differ essentially from one another and are full of blunders. They often give names of persons without lands, lands without names, and names of persons long dead or denuded. They also contain seperate valuations added in cumulo for the ease of collections, and divisions and subdivisions of seperate cumulos added together, mixing lands of different proprietors, besides errors in summations, &c.”


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