Thursday 3 March 2016

1930 Scottish valuation roll goes online

ScotlandsPeople ( has released the 1930 Scottish valuation rolls on its site, which notes landholders, landlords and tenants within their pages. This now means that the rolls for 1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1920, 1925 and 1930 are currently accessible on the site, although it should be noted that the rolls were in fact annual between 1855 and 1989.

From my book, Discover Scottish Land Records:

Prior to 1855 valuation rolls were kept on an irregular basis around the country, and few have survived, but following the Lands Valuation (Scotland) Act of 1854 a new annual system was introduced for both burghs (the forerunners of towns) and counties which continued until 1989. These recorded the names of the tenant or occupier, and the proprietor, the annual rental value and any feu duties owed, as well as the duration of any leases etc. Each roll covers the financial year following the term day of Whitsun (May 25th), and is arranged either by parish or electoral ward, and then by street name and number, rather than by a tenant’s or proprietor’s name. Prior to 1884 the properties listed included the tenants’ names only if the annual rental value was worth £4 a year or more, and if their lease was for at least a year in length.

For more on the latest release, which highlights amongst those named the last inhabitants of Hiort, St. Kilda, visit the NRS press release at

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