Pre 1841 Census Records Scotland

The Census Act (also known as the Population Act) of 1800 led to the decennial statistical censuses of 1801, 1811, 1821,1831 in England, Scotland & Wales.  From 1841 more detailed censuses were introduced and most of the earlier censuses were lost or destroyed once the statistical information had been extracted.

However some of the earlier censuses did survive and some include useful personal information for genealogists.  This page is dedicated to the Pre 1841 Census Records Scotland and information on surviving Scottish census lists and books and their whereabouts.

There are a number of surviving Pre 1841 Scottish Census Records,  and for information on these, and the Scottish archive centre or website that holds these records visit the following Scottish family history websites:

National Records of Scotland – Pre 1841 Census Records

The Scottish Association of Family History Societies – Inventory of Published Pre 1841 Population Listings

A number of Pre 1841 Scotland Census records can also be viewed on the FindmyPast website.  We are able to bring you direct links to these record sets as follows:

1811 Census Scotland – Ladykirk, Berwickshire

1831 Census Scotland – Jedburgh – Roxboroughshire, Ladykirk – Berwickshire, Melrose:Galashiels – Roxboroughshire – from the third page you can view names