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Launch of the Valuation Rolls in Scotland for 1905 - January 2013



Launch of the 1905 Valuation Rolls - January 2013

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Dear ScotlandsPeople Customer,

The 1905 Valuation Rolls are now live on the ScotlandsPeople website!
We're delighted to announce that the Valuation Rolls in Scotland for 1905 have just been added to the ScotlandsPeople website.

The new records, comprising over 2.4 million indexed names and over 74,000 digital images, cover every kind of building, structure or property in Scotland which were assessed as having a rateable value in 1905. Fully-searchable both by name and address, the 1905 Valuation Rolls (VRs) provide a terrific snapshot of Scottish society during the Edwardian era, and will be a valuable resource for genealogy researchers and local/social historians.

What do the Rolls contain?
photo of a house and a valuation rollThe rolls record the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property, unlike the full lists of family members to be found in the censuses. The named person is usually the head of the household, but sometimes a husband and wife might be listed. Frequently, the wife is the named tenant of rented property. The VRs include all social classes - so you can read about folk who lived in tenements to owners of mansions and country estates.

What can I learn from the 1905 Valuation Rolls?
You can learn about who was living at a certain address, and whether they owned or rented the property. You can also see the rent that was paid for the house or flat, and also the rateable value of the property. As the 1905 VRs appear between the census years of 1901 and 1911, the new records will also help researchers to find ancestors who disappeared between censuses.

Famous politicians and Scotland's mountain-indexer
To give you an idea of what the 1905 Rolls contain, we've included some examples below. In this first set of examples, we've included three pages from the VRs of the politicians, AJ Balfour (who owned 235 properties in Scotland) and Keir Hardie (he owned one property), and the indexer of mountains, Sir Hugh Munro. In the AJ Balfour VR for Whittinghame House in East Lothian, you can even see the names and occupations of the many people who lived and worked on the estate. It's fascinating to learn about these celebrated men's property standing (which perhaps also reveals their attitude to property).

Valuation Roll of AJ Balfour Valuation Roll of keir hardie Valuation Roll of sir hugh munro

A page from the VR records of AJ Balfour

The VR for of Keir Hardie

A page from the VR records of Sir Hugh Munro

N.B. when viewing these large images, just click on the image to enlarge it even further.

Lady Gordon Cathcart and other women property-owners
As the 1905 VRs highlight the growth in the ownership of property by women, we thought we'd highlight three interesting examples of this historical development. The first example is a VR page from the extensive property portfolio of Lady Gordon Cathcart, a prominent land and property owner of the period. In this example, you can read about the rateable value of Cluny Castle in Aberdeenshire, and also the names and occupations of the people who lived and worked on the estate.

Descending several rungs on the property ladder, you can read about the entrepreneurial women property-owners who ran businesses. For instance, we liked reading the VR for spinster and photographer, Anna Louisa Davidson, who ran a 'photographic saloon' in Moffat. Likewise, the VR for Mrs Mary Sturrock, a 'proprietix' who ran a ladies' school in Govan, highlights the undertakings deemed suitable for women in this era.

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A page from the VR of Lady Gordon Cathcart

The VR of Anna Louisa Davidson

The VR of of Mrs Mary Sturrock

Another interesting sign of social change captured in the 1905 VRs is the growth of ladies' sports and recreation clubs - and the establishing of sporting clubs in general, for both sexes. We plan to highlight some of these sports and recreation clubs in our next newsletter.

Notable buildings - the Burns cottage/museum, Edinburgh's Empire Theatre and the Glasgow Pavilion
There are also some very interesting VRs for Scotland's prominent buildings - from railway hotels and football grounds to theatres and public libraries. With Burns Night just passed, we've included the VR for the cottage the Bard was born in. We've also included VRs for the Empire Theatre in Edinburgh and Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre.

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The VR for the Burns cottage

The VR for the Empire Theatre in Edinburgh

The VR for the Glasgow Pavilion

Summary - from tenement dwellers to owners of mansions
So whether you're a genealogist or a social/local historian, the 1905 Valuation Rolls will be a rich resource for historical research. The 1905 Rolls will also complement the 1915 VRs, which were launched in March 2012. Taken together, the 1905 and 1915 VRs offer researchers an excellent set of records for learning about the owning/renting of property by Scotland's people in the early 20th Century.

To start searching and browsing these new records, just click on the link for the 1905 Valuation Rolls in the left side menu on the ScotlandsPeople homepage.


Family history taster session with ScotlandsPeople - Monday 25 Febuary 2013, General Register House, Edinburgh

The next ScotlandsPeople family history taster session takes place at General Register House on Monday 25 February 2013, starting at 1.00pm and finishing at 4.30pm.

photo of family history session at Register HouseThe session starts with a brief presentation about the ScotlandsPeople Centre, followed by a taster session using the computer search system. To round off proceedings, there is a brief talk about the records that are held in the Historical Search Room. Light refreshments (included in the ticket price) are provided during the session. This informal event is ideal for people who are new to genealogy or the facilities at the ScotlandsPeople Centre. You will also be able to learn all about the 1905 Valuation Rolls at this session.

There is a charge of £5.00 per place, which must be paid in advance, and seats can be booked by telephone from Tuesday 5 February (9am) onwards. For further information and to reserve a place, please call 0131 314 4300 (option 1).

ScotlandsPeople at 'Who Do You Think You Are? Live' - Olympia, London, 22 to 24 February
Just a wee reminder that ScotlandsPeople and the National Records of Scotland will be attending the 'Who Do You Think You Are? Live' Show at Olympia in London, from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 February.

graphic for who do you think you are live 2013We really enjoy our trips to ‘the big smoke’ for WDYTYA Live, so are looking forward to remembering old acquaintances (and maybe even take a cup o' kindness) and meeting new folk at this year’s show. As before, we’ll be helping people with their searches, listening to feedback and showing visitors how to get the most out of the ScotlandsPeople website.

So if you're attending WDYTYA? Live, please drop in on us at stand numbers 430/438 and say 'hello'.

All the Best,
The ScotlandsPeople Team




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