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Excise receipt of fine decreet collected by Robert Burns dated 12 Jan 1791

Introduction:
An excise Officer was entitled to a half of the value of the fines or the value of seizures which resulted from his inspections of the licensed premises and factories on his beat. He would thus be expected to be diligent in collecting the fines.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT199A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
Subject:
Robert Burns became an Excise Officer in 1789 in the Dumfries District and progressed rapidly from the Nithsdale out-ride division to the third foot-walk division in Dumfries within a year. He later became an Acting Supervisor in 1794.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
George Gracie (offender)
When:
12th January 1791 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Robert Burns became an Excise Officer in 1789 in the Dumfries District and progressed rapidly from the Nithsdale out-ride division to the third foot-walk division in Dumfries within a year. He later became an Acting Supervisor in 1794.
Description:
Single sheet receipt document dated 12th January 1791 signed by Robert Burns to record the payment of a ¶œ2/10s fine levied on a Mr George Gracie of Carronbridge by the decreet of the Dumfries magistrates on 3rd September 1790.