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Door knocker, from Excise Office, Dumfries

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Door knocker from the Excise Office, Dumfries

Introduction:
This brass door knocker in the shape of a crowned lion's head is from the Excise Office in Shakespeare Street, Dumfries.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1962.143.2
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Metal, brass
Dimensions:
Height: 126 mm, width: 67 mm
What:
Door knocker, from Excise Office, Dumfries
Subject:
Burns had to calculate and collect the tax due on a wide range of goods, most notably, silk, tobacco and beer and spirits. For this he received ¶œ50 per year plus ¶œ50 per smuggler arrested and a share in any goods confiscated.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (was an Excise Officer in Dumfries)
His Majesty's Customs and Excise, Excise Office (Dumfries) (from door)
When:
Early 19th century
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Burns had to calculate and collect the tax due on a wide range of goods, most notably, silk, tobacco and beer and spirits. For this he received ¶œ50 per year plus ¶œ50 per smuggler arrested and a share in any goods confiscated.
Description:
Robert Burns began his duties as an Excise Officer in September 1789. Excise was a tax similar to VAT, but collected at the point of manufacture or import, rather than sale.