Dalmeny Shale Voters

Carol McKinvenJanuary 30, 2016
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Scottish Kin’s free Dalmeny Rows database has a new section for the Voters Rolls for 1914 and for most years between 1921 and 1929.

Unlike the Valuation Rolls, which contained information only for the head of household (normally the husband), the women of Dalmeny Rows are included too from 1921.

The Voters Rolls give the name and address of those in Dalmeny Rows who were eligible to vote. Prior to 1918 this was only men over the age of 30 who met certain property requirements. The Representation of the People Act 1918 gave the vote to all men over the age of 21, and women over the age of 30 who met property or other requirements. In 1928 all women over the age of 21 got the vote, giving them equality with men in this respect.

If you’re looking for an ancestor who was a shale miner or worked in the shale oil industry in West Lothian, put their surname in the search box - who knows what you might find!

On This Day

17 Dec 1925: Sir George Gibb, Scottish transport administrator who had been born in Aberdeen, died in Wimbledon, Surrey.

Scottish Words

Whitsunday: 15th May
But and Ben: Old rural cottage with two rooms, usually (living) room and kitchen
Brae: A hill or steep bank (pronounced “bray”)

Testimonial

Many thanks for FAB potted history, and all the work that entailed, of the extraordinary characters that have lived [in our house] - we're trying hard to keep that tradition going

AG, Fife