The History of Leith

December 10, 2010

1851 Scotland Census

he 1851 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 30/31 March 1851. The following information was requested:

* Place (name of street, place, or road, and name or number of house)
* Name of each person that had spent the night in that household
* Relation to head of family
* Marital Status
* Age
* Sex (indicated by which column the age is recorded in)
* Profession or occupation
* Birthplace
* Whether blind, or deaf and dumb

Enumeration forms were distributed to all households before the census night and the complete forms were collected the next day by the enumerators. All responses were to reflect the individual’s status as of 30/31 March 1851 for all individuals who had spent the night in the house. People who were travelling or living abroad were enumerated at the location where they spent the night on census night. All of the details from the individual forms were copied into enumerators’ books and sent to the Registrar General’s office in London. These copies are the records we can view images of today. The original householder’s schedules were destroyed. for more click here

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