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Excise document completed by Robert Burns

Introduction:
This document was completed by Robert Burns in his capacity as an Excise Officer and bears the Excise Office stamp. At a later date his friend, John Syme has authenticated it as, 'handwriting of Burns'.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.346
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Page size: 125 mm x 93 mm
What:
Document, Excise manuscript by Robert Burns
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) (written by (in his capacity as Excise Officer))
His Majesty's Customs and Excise (official document)
John Syme (authenticated by)
When:
1790s
Where:
Robert Burns House, 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:
Burns commenced 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.