Help needed with Occupation in census

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DavoMiller
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Help needed with Occupation in census

Post by DavoMiller » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:59 am

Hi
Alexander Will in Edinburgh has his occupation listed as “La Texamine of Crestons Larthar Arver on a Superanna Tios Allowins” and a “Con H P Cresminer of Custoues“ in the 1851 and 1841 censuses, respectively. He has a house manager and two house servants. Does any one know what these occupations are?
David

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Re: Help needed with Occupation in census

Post by AndrewP » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:18 am

Hi David,

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Have you looked at the originals on www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk , or are you using the transcriptions on Ancestry? The Ancestry transcriptions can be poor, depending on the style of handwriting on the original.

I've had a look at the 1851 original on ScotlandsPeople and see most of it:
  • ____ examiner of customs Scotland
    now on a superannuation allowance
All the best,

AndrewP

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Re: Help needed with Occupation in census

Post by Currie » Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:29 am

Hello David,

You can find generally reliable transcriptions on FreeCen.
http://www.freecen.org.uk/cgi/search.pl

1841: Examiner Of Customs Half Pay 
1851: Late Examiner Customs On Super 

There's an Inventory on ScotlandsPeople for this fellow,

WILL
ALEXANDER
09/07/1852
EXAMINER OF HER MAJESTY'S CUSTOMS FOR SCOTLAND
INVENTORY
EDINBURGH SHERIFF COURT INVENTORIES
SC70/1/76

This is probably the Will that goes with it.

WILL
ALEXANDER
09/07/1852
RESIDING INEDINBURGH 
EDINBURGH SHERIFF COURT WILLS
SC70/4/21

He died 30 May, 1852. Death notice from Wigtownshire Free Press.
“At Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, on the 30th ult., Alexander Will, Esq., late Examiner or H.M Customs for Scotland.”
http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ances ... hs/30.html

1811 Directory.
https://archive.org/stream/postofficean ... 2/mode/2up
1832-33 Directory.
https://archive.org/stream/graysannuald ... 0/mode/2up

Scottish Customs Hierarchy 1825.
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=beU ... 22&f=false

According to various entries in Parliamentary Papers:
In 1822 he was on a salary of £400 per annum and contributed £20 per annum to the superannuation fund. He was appointed by the The Lords of His Majesty's Treasury, by a Warrant, dated 9th October 1809. He attended daily, from five to six hours, actively employed, and longer on special occasions.

Hope that helps,
Alan

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