2.7 million 1935 Scottish valuation roll records go online

By Rosemary Collins, 11 October 2017 - 11:27am

The records of property ownership and occupation, available on ScotlandsPeople, help fill in the gaps left by census records


Valuation roll for the Burgh of Perth, 1935

Valuation rolls showing who owned, rented and occupied property in Scotland in 1935 have now gone online.

The new set of records is available on ScotlandsPeople and contains more than 2.7 million names and addresses.

The transcribed records also contain additional information such as the annual rent residents paid.

They are a good substitute for census records, which cannot be made available to the public until 100 years have passed.

The 1911 census is currently the most recent one available, so the valuation rolls help Scottish family history researchers fill in the gaps.

ScotlandsPeople has already added 10 sets of valuation rolls, dating from 1855 to 1930. The 1935 dataset brings the total number of valuation roll records to almost 28 million.

The records are not a definitive record of Scotland's population. In the first rolls of 1855 there are just over 1 million entries, and in 1930 there were 2.5 million.

This corresponds to a growth in the population from 3 million to 4.8 million.

Family historians can buy credits to view the records on ScotlandsPeople, which is the official website of the National Records of Scotland.

Tim Ellis, Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said the 1935 valuation rolls gave “an intriguing glimpse into life at the time”.

The 1930s saw the Scottish Renaissance in fiction and poetry, and several major Scottish writers appear in the records.

Nan Shepherd is best-known as the author of the 1977 book The Living Mountain, a series of meditations inspired by her love of hill-walking in the Cairngorm mountains.

The records list her under her real name, Anna Shepherd. They show that in 1935 she was the owner of Dunvegan, a property in West Cults, Aberdeenshire, with her widowed mother Jane living with her as her tenant.

Sir Compton MacKenzie was the author of novels including Whisky Galore and The Monarch of the Glen and helped co-found the Scottish National Party in 1928.

He regarded the Highlands as his spiritual home, and the rolls list him as the proprietor, owner and occupier of a house in Eoligarry on the Hebridean island of Barra.

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