1841 Scotland Census

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Date: 6 Jun 1841 to 6 Jun 1841
Location: Scotlandmap
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1841 Scotland Census

The 1841 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 6 June 1841. The following information was requested:

  • Place (name of village, street, square, close, etc.)
  • Name of each person that had spent the night in that household
  • Age
  • Sex (indicated by which column the age is recorded in)
  • Profession or occupation
  • Where born

The population of Scotland on 6 June 1841 was 2,620,184.

About the 1841 Census

The ages of people over 15 years old were usually rounded down to the nearest 5 years. So a person who was actually 24 years would have their age listed as 20, and someone who was actually 27 years old would have their age listed as 25. If people lied about their ages, or if their real ages were not known or reported correctly, the gap between the rounded age recorded on the census and their actual age may be quite significant.

The only information about where a person was born is

  • yes if the person was born in the county
  • no if born elsewhere in Scotland
  • E if born in England
  • I if born in Ireland
  • F if foreign born

Missing 1841 Records

  • Abernethy: the enumeration book for people living in Fife
  • Abdie
  • Arngask: - the enumeration book for people living in Fife
  • Auchtermuchty
  • Balmerino
  • Ceres
  • Collesie
  • Creich
  • Cults
  • Cupar
  • Dairsie
  • Dunbog
  • Kennoway - only the enumeration book for Markinch has survived
  • Kinghorn
  • Kinglassie
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Leslie
  • Auchinleck, Ayrshire


  • 1841 Census National Records of Scotland
  • Census Returns ScotlandsPeople (index free, view of individual census enumeration pages available for purchase, copyright restrictions apply)
  • 1841 Scotland Census Ancestry.com (paid subscription required)

Note: 1841 Scotland Census is no longer available from FamilySearch.

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