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Robert Burns

"Instructions for the Collectors of Her Majesties Customs in the North part of Great Britain"

Period:
18th Century
Description:

This book contains instructions for Customs Laws in the eighteenth century and would have been used by Burns in his work as an Excise Officer.  It includes an appendix with Forms of Dispatches, Schemes for Calculations, and Methods of Accompting for Officers, and tables local export statistics.  It is bound in brown leather boards with Royal Coat of Arms impressions on both covers.

 

Excise was a tax similar to VAT but collected at the point of manufacture or import rather than at the point of sale.  A wide range of goods was liable for it, notably silk, tobacco and spirits.  Burns as a gauger had to calculate and collect the tax due.

Materials/Media:
paper, board, leather
Dimensions:
height 385mm, width 235mm
Source:
Robert Burns Centre
Accession number:
DUMFM:0198.120
Digital Number:
BCBN002n
Creation Date:
1707
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council