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Excise Voucher of Excise 87th Year 1793 prepared by Robert Burns

Introduction:
The brewery ale here is brewed in three strengths described as strong ale, small beer and twopenny. The latter being a quality of ale which cost two pence a quart.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT196A
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)
When:
1793 (when written)
Where:
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
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:
The narrative portion of an Excise Voucher prepared by Robert Burns to account for the excise duty collected at a brewery in his Dumfries District for a cash value of sixteen pounds, five shillings and eleven pence.