The Statistical Accounts of Scotland 1791 - 1845

Viscount Thurso


The ‘Old’ Statistical Account (1791-99), under the direction of Sir John Sinclair of Ullbster, and the ‘new’ Statistical Account (1834-45) offer uniquely rich and detailed parish reports for the whole of Scotland, covering a vast range of topics including agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs.

Together, the Statistical Accounts provide vitally important reference sources for a critical half century spanning the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. They are locally created and factually based; the two Accounts allow comparisons to be made parish by parish at a time of rapid and significant change; and they offer a unique reference and research source for the study of local and national life in Scotland in this period.

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