Re: 1834 Excise Entry Papers, William Tant - "Bred a Farmer"
Thanks for responding; but in the Excise Entry Papers, William TANT is clearly identified as being born in London-
I have done the transcription directly from a generally clear photo-copy of the original.
To preserve the cursive writing and older spelling and alphabet conventions, I have used an "f" where a soft "s" would appear today etc (Alnefs = Alness) ; and by using an appropriate WORD cursive Font and Sizes plus forced CR/LFs, the WORD version reasonably resembles the original.
Copying it over to the forum loses that aspect.
To the Honourable Commifsioners and Governors
of His Majesty's Revenue of Excises, Malt &:
London in the Parish of Saint Pancras in the County
of Middlesex in London Collection, is a likely Man
to makea good Officer;he is healthyand active,
Man; with a wife only, aged 26 years; of respectable
Esq of Inchcoulter, and James Wishart Esq of Dingwall
Wynn Officer of Alnefs 2 Division Dingwall District
and Invernefs Collection.
May it please Your Honours
Tant, born in the Parish of St Pancras in the
County of Middlesex in London Collection aged
Honours Order bearing date the 17th July 1834
and is qualified for Surveying Brewers Maltsters
Distillers, Tallow Melters Brandy Wine Tea and
Tobacco dealers; he can cash(?) Excise and Malt
gages and Stocked(?) for six weeks in Alnefs
, andAbstractsis providedwithproper
Instruments, and Instructions and is in every
of an Officer of Excise
Dingwall Dutiful Servants
25th November 1834 William Granger, Supervisor
P.S The directions of the General Letter of the 14 October 1740
have been likewise duly complied with
13 Novr 1834 allowed to be Certifd for without seeing Soap & Paper
IWilliam Tant do Voluntarily make Oath that
neither I nor any Person for me, to my Knowledge
or Reward, to any Person or Persons whatsoever
Sworn this 12th day William Tant
of July 1834
(Signature not decipherable)
May it please Your Honours
Ihaveexaminedthe above men-
-tionedWilliam Tantandfind him well quali-
-fied in every Respect, according to the above ~
written Certificate; he understands the first four
he hath taken the Oath of Office and Allegiance;
are of his own Hand Writing.
Your Honours most Obedient humble Servant
12th July 1834
The "aged 26 years" suggests that he was born about 1808; but in later (mainly) Scottish Records, his birth could vary from about 1806 to about 1811.
His first appearance in the Scottish OPRs is for his Marriage in February 1834, to Katherine Amelia Yellowlis, aka Emelia Yellowlees, who is local to Alness generally.
I have not been able to identify William Tant or the two John Tants in the (earlier) English records, apart from the marriage of the vintener John Tant to Hannah Aldred in 1820 - on the assumption that the record involved is unlikely to refer to another couple, given the relative rarity of the names and the close proximity in genealogical time.
William Tant and Emelia appear quite frequently in the later English and Scottish records because oif his postings as an Excise Officer.
Alexander Fraser and James Wishart appear in proceedings of the House of Lords, from being members of Dingwall Town Council.
Alexander Fraser had at least two town houses in London as well as having been involved in two plantations and "government trade" in the West Indies.
He also was responsible for the building of Evanton, naming it after his son, Evan Baillie Fraser.
In the Wills of both Alexander Fraser and of James Wishart, they both "write-off" various substantial debts, probably approaching £100,000 on today's terms; and JW's brother, Alexander Wishart, owned effectively a significant city block in Glasgow.
There was a regular trade in timber from Ross and Cromarty via Alness to London; and Cromarty had a surprisingly large brewery which exported much of its products.
So that contact and migration is less surprising than I would have anticipated before researching my TANT family.
As the three TANTs above almost certainly had involvement with those trades in London, searching there has produced a "Mary Tant, Widow", of the Talbot Inn, Red Lion Street - BUT no other obvuious connection.