Dail 1861 census

Duncan Kennedy
Age: 76
Where born: Ardchattan, Argyleshire
Address: Dail
Occupation: Farmer of probably 600 acres

Total household:

Duncan Kennedy (76)
Rachil Kennedy (68)
Peter Kennedy (40)
Elizabeth Kennedy (29)
Isabella Kennedy (26)
Donald Mcquarrie (9)
James Mcintyre (18)

Source: Ardchattan ED: 6; Page 8; Line 6; Roll CSSCT1861-69; Year 1861

About 1861 Scotland Census (from ancestry.co.uk)

The 1861 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 7/8 April 1861. 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 7/8 April 1861 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.

The clerks who compiled and reviewed the census data made a variety of marks on the returns. Unfortunately, many of these tally marks were written over personal information and some fields, such as ages, can be difficult to read as a result. More useful marks include a single slash (/) between households (families) within a building and a double slash (//) separating households in separate buildings.