Posted By:Alex Dow
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Subject:Re: victorian era occupation - "collector of robes"
Post Date:February 17, 2013 at 03:13:43
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Morning Kerry

You should take a look at the Scanned IMAGE of the original document, available on Find My Past-

www.findmypast.co.uk

The hand-written entry is clear and unambiguous-

"Tailor & Collector of Rates"

That is, he contracted to collect the local taxation or rates on behalf of the local council.

In Edinburgh, the appropriate council department was referred to as the "City Collector" until relatively recently - may still be.

Another version was "Tax Farmer", where someone contracted to collect taxes on behalf of central government.

Again until recently and still possibly, there was a Accountancy ccompany which had on its door plate "Accountants and Tax Farmers"

"Farmer" originally meant someone who contracted to undertake a particular job or respomsibility, still seen today in the slightly archaic phrase "The jobs were farmed out to various persons"

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You may be able to locate documemts directly connected with that task, in the local archives, probably the London Metropolitan Archives.

He probably required at least two Guarantors, as insurance to the loccal council, should he abscond with the collected rates.

Certainly that was the requirement for anyone joining the Excise Service.

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I have been trying to find him and family in the 1851 Census - this looks like his brother, given the unusual Last Name and the same Birth Place-

1851 census transcription details for: 57, Shad Thames Crown & Sceptre, Saint John, Southwark
Print Close National Archive Reference:
RG number: HO107
Piece: 1559
Folio: 381
Page: 1
Reg. District: Saint Olave Southwark
Sub District: Saint John
Parish: Saint John
Enum. District: 5
Ecclesiastical District:
City/Municipal Borough: Southwark
Address: 57, Shad Thames Crown & Sceptre, Saint John, Southwark
County: Surrey
Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation , Disability Where Born
TRITTON, William Head Married M 55 1796 Licensed Victualler
Wingham, Kent
TRITTON, Jane Wife Married F 55 1796 Licensed Victualler's Wife
Anglesey, North Wales
TRITTON, Mary Ann Daughter Unmarried F 17 1834 Licensed Victualler's Daughter
St Johns, Surrey, Southwark
TRITTON, Robert Son M 15 1836 Licensed Victualler's Son
St Johns, Surrey, Southwark
OWEN, Ann Niece Unmarried F 17 1834 General Servant
Anglesey, North Wales
MITCHENER, Henry Servant Unmarried M 22 1829 General Servant
St James, Middlesex, Westminster


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Reproduced courtesy of The National Archives, London, England

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Incidentally, the Age of the Daughter, on the 1861 Census, is "34" - not "54". (FMP Transcription Error - Reported)

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Could this be two sons in the 1851 Census?

1861 census transcription details for: 7, Norris Street, St James, Westminster
Print Close National Archive Reference:
RG number: RG09
Piece: 62
Folio: 131
Page: 23
Reg. District: St James Westminster
Sub District: 2 St James's Square
Parish: St James
Enum. District: 5
Ecclesiastical District: St James Westminster
City/Municipal Borough: Westminster
Address: 7, Norris Street, St James, Westminster
County: London
Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation , Disability Where Born
TRITTON, Thomas Head Married M 32 1829 Tailor Master 2 Men 1 Boy
St James Westminster, Middlesex
TRITTON, Mary L Wife F 26 1835
Ealing, Middlesex
TRITTON, John Brother Unmarried M 29 1832 Grocer
St James Westminster, Middlesex
LEADER, Susan Servant Unmarried F 19 1842 Household Servant
Hammersmith, Middlesex


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brightsolid online publishing ltd

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Web site with "Pat Tritton"-

http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Libr/MIs/MIsPrestonbyWingham/01.htm

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Hope that makes sense!

Alex Dow