Scottish Estates – Tacks

A tack is a lease between tenant and proprietor.

Not all tenants had a lease, and sub-tenants, who held their land from a tenant rather than the owner, rarely had a written agreement. However, where they exist, they are often catalogued together within the estate records.

A lot of the information in the tack is of little interest to the general family historian, but they often state the length of the lease, the rent payable, and possibly any various requirements the tenant had to fulfil.

With the David Mitchell story, the tacks were useful for confirming the date of death of one of the ancestors as a new tack was taken out between the landowner and the children of the ancestor.

Scottish Estates – land ownership
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