Chapter 5g: Appendix

The two following Accounts are joined to illustrate what is said in the Book 4, Chap. 5 on the Tonnage bounty to the White Herring Fishery.

An Account of Busses fitted out in Scotland for 11 Years, with the Number of Empty Barrels carried out, and the Number of Barrels of Herrings caught; also the Bounty at a Medium on each Barrel of Seasteeks, and on each Barrel when fully packed.

YearsNumber of BussesEmpty Barrels carried outBarrels of Herrings caughtBounty paid on the Busses in pence
17712959482832500,160
177216841316222371105576
177319042333420551251086
177424859303563651695226
1775275691445287919315150
177629476329518632129076
177724062679433131759226
177822056390409581631626
177920655194293671528700
1780181483151988513445126
178113533992165939613126
Total,2186550943378347155463110
Seasticks378347Bounty at a medium for each barrel of seasticks£.08
But a barrel of seasticks being only reckoned 2/3 of a barrel fully packed, 1/3 is deducted
1/3 deducted126115 2/3which brings the bounty to£.012
Barrels full packed,252231 1/3
And if the herrings are exported, there is besides a premium of028

So that the bounty paid by Government in money for each barrel, is.£01411 ¾
But if to this, the duty of the salt usually taken credit for as expended in curing each barrel, which at a medium is of foreign, one bushel and 1/4 of a bushel, at 10s. a bushel, be added, namely:0126

The bounty on each barrel would amount to£175 ¾

If the herrings are cured with British salt, it will stand thus, namely:
Bounty as before£.01411 ¾
—but if to this bounty the duty on two bushels of Scots salt at 1s. 6d. per bushel, supposed to be the quantity at a medium used in curing each barrel is added, to wit,030

The bounty on each barrel will amount to£.01711 ¾
And,
When buss herrings are entered for home consumption in Scotland, and pay the shilling a barrel of duty, the bounty stands thus, to wit, as before£0123 ¾
From which the 1s. a barrel is to be deducted010

0113 ¾
But to that there is to be added again, the duty of the foreign salt used in curing a barrel of herrings, viz..0126

So that the premium allowed for each barrel of herrings entered for home consumption is£.139 ¾

If the herrings are cured with British salt, it will stand as follows, viz.
Bounty on each barrel brought in by the busses as above£.0123 ¾
From which deduct the 1s. a barrel paid at the time they are entered for home consumption010

£.0113 ¾
But if to the bounty the duty on two bushels of Scots salt at 1s. 6d. per bushel, supposed to be the quantity at a medium used in curing each barrel, is added, to wit030

The premium for each barrel entered for home consumption will be£.0143 ¾
Though the loss of duties upon herrings exported cannot, perhaps, properly be considered as bounty; that upon herrings entered for home consumption certainly may.

An Account of the Quantity of Foreign Salt imported into Scotland, and of Scots Salt delivered duty free from the Works there for the Fishery, from the 5th of April 1771 to the 5th of April 1782, with a Medium of both for one year.
PERIOD.Foreign Salt importedScots Salt delivered from the Works
Bushels.Bushels.
From the 5th of April 1771, to the 5th of April 1782.936,974168,226
Medium for one Year85,179 5/1115,293 3/11

It is to be observed that the Bushel of Foreign Salt weighs 84 lb. that of British Salt 56 lb. only.


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