Monday, 8 September 2014

Statistical Accounts of Scotland blog launches

The University of Edinburgh's EDINA department has launched a new blog detailing items and finds from the Statistical Accounts of Scotland. It can be found at

The first two Statistical Accounts were recorded in each Scottish parish in the 1790s and the 1830s/1840s, with a third account carried out in the 20th century, and a recent fourth version for East Lothian. The first two are digitised and freely available at They carry an enormous amount of information on he make up of each parish, including religious affiliations of inhabitants, employment available, landowners details, history and more. There's a bit more about them in a blog post I wrote four years ago, accessible at, but the main site is the place to visit for all the background!

(With thanks to Nicola Osborne)


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

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