Monthly Archives: September 2010

1891 Census takers

The 1891 Census was taken on the night of 5/6 April and gives a fine snapshot of society in late Victorian Scotland. Looking over the 1891 Census report, it is fascinating to compare how our field operations have changed from the days of the Registrar General of the day, Sir Stair Agnew, to how we […]

1881 – Cunntas-sluaigh na h-Alba

For more than 120 years, the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) has used the census to ask the people of Scotland about their Gaelic ability – and 2011 is no exception. Sir Stair Agnew, the Registrar General of the time, oversaw the introduction of the first Gaelic language question in the 1881 Census. The […]