The Statistical Accounts of Scotland 1791 - 1845

Viscount Thurso


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Image of the first page of the Account of the Parish of Lerwick, from the Second Account

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Image of map of Shetland, from the Second Account

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Image of illustration of Thurso Bridge, from the Parish Account of Thurso, County of Caithness, from the First Account

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Image of part of the table of Real and Valued Rent of the Counties of Scotland, from the First Account

The two Statistical Accounts of Scotland, covering the 1790s and the 1830s, are among the best contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Europe. Learn more about the area in which you or your ancestors have lived, or use this key source to study the emergence of the modern British State and the economic and social impact of the world's first industrial nation.

Based largely on information supplied by each parish church minister, the original (First) Statistical Account and the New (Second) Statistical Account provide a rich record of a wide variety of topics: wealth, class and poverty; climate, agriculture, fishing and wildlife; population, schools, and the moral health of the people.

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