Feature

Nov 2012

1911 Scottish Census

The 1911 census is a record of everyone who lived in Scotland in that year. It provides a fascinating insight into how our ancestors lived at the time.

The census, which was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April, details information collected from more than 4.7 million people who were registered living in Scotland at the time.

The returns are a key source for people tracing their family history, and include the name, address, age, occupation, birthplace and marital status of everyone counted in the 1911 census, as well as details about their children.

The completed forms also shed light on the whereabouts of many prominent Scots. This includes famed architect and artist Charles Rennie McIntosh who is listed as living, aged 42, in Kelvinside, Glasgow at the time of the census. John Logie Baird, inventor of the television, also appears on the census as a 22 year old apprentice draughtsman.

The 1911 census was the last population survey carried out before the First World War and features for the last time, the names of many Scots who later died in service or left the country for overseas.

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