Valuation rolls have been
compiled in Scotland since at least the early
17th century, but, until 1855, they listed only
the leading landowners in each parish.
From 1855 until 1974 Assessors’
offices in each county and royal burgh in Scotland
produced annual valuation rolls, listing almost
all occupied properties in each parish and burgh.
The rolls include the description of the property,
what kind of property it was (e.g. dwelling house,
shop, warehouse, hospital etc), the name of the
owner, the name of the tenant (if the property
was let), and, in some cases, the name of other
occupants (if the property was sub-let, for example).
Until the mid 20th century the rolls also included
the occupation of most tenants and occupiers.
for the whole of Scotland are held by the National
Archives of Scotland from 1855 onwards. Some local
authority archives and local studies libraries
hold less comprehensive runs of rolls for particular
counties and burghs; usually from about 1890 onwards,
but in some cases from earlier. One major exception
is the case of Lanarkshire, for which very few
rolls survive locally and most Lanarkshire valuation
roll enquiries therefore end up at the National
Archives of Scotland.
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