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?
The 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.
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 the ScotlandPeople website have also included the VR for the cottage the Bard was born in. They have also included VRs for the Empire Theatre in Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre.
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.
From tenement dwellers to owners of mansions
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.