To access these records you will either need to visit us, pay for research (£) or, where you can identify a specific record reference, order a copy (£).
Entry papers of Excise officers (1820–1870)
Search entry papers of Excise officers by name (CUST 116). Narrow your search by using quotation marks to find a person’s full name, such as “John Williams”.
Excise Board minute books (1696–1874)
The series CUST 47 are the minute books which contain information on the first and later postings of excise officers, with any praise or censure.
These original records are internally indexed and you can view the indexes to names online. For example if you wish to consult the original record CUST 47/345 covering September to October 1785, you can download and view the index to it in CUST 47/345/1.
Alternatively, identify the index you want by year using the search results of indexes to names then consult the corresponding original file.
Pension records and staff lists of Excise and Inland Revenue officers (1642–1970)
Browse CUST 39 in our catalogue for pension records and staff lists of Excise and Inland Revenue officers. These records have not been indexed, so you will need to search records for the relevant years. Most of the Inland Revenue staff files are in CUST 39/235–248. There is also a staff list for 1692 in CUST 109/9.
Excise pay lists for England (1705–1835) and Scotland (1708–1832)
Browse the English Excise pay lists in T 44 and the Scottish Excise pay lists in T 45.
Irish Excise records (1824–1844)
Browse CUST 110 for records of appointments (1824–1833) and the Ireland collection in CUST 119 for records of employment, recruitment and dismissal (1824–1844). These include records of English officers in Ireland as well as Irish officers.
Inland Revenue establishment lists (1869–1920)
Browse IR 147 in our catalogue for details of Inland Revenue officials. It covers staff in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Details include dates of appointment and promotion, salary, place of employment and, in some cases, date of birth.