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

22 Apr 1952: George Thomson Cornet, the only Scot in the gold medal British water polo team in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics, died in Liverpool

Scottish Words

Skinner: A person who cured and prepared animal hides or tanned leather
Pirn winder: Someone who wound yarn on to spools for weaving
Croft: Smallholding


Thank you so much for the research. It’s a wonderful feeling to get a little picture of what life was like a few hundred years ago for my ancestors.

RG, Oregon