The following are the key features associated with the service:
The quick search allows searching by parish name, county name or free text searching of the Account’s text.
Locate a parish by searching by name or choosing from an A-Z list of county and parish names.
Locate a county by searching by name or choosing from an A-Z list of county and parish names.
Click on a county to locate county information.
Page Finder Facility
The Accounts may be searched by page and volume number.
The search feature allows searching of the complete text for keywords or groups of words. There are three lines of surrounding text that allows the user to judge if the reference is useful to them.
Approximate searches of all the text contained in the Accounts. This feature is useful if spelling is unknown or unclear, or variations of a word exist.
Display search results within context
View the scanned images either as a single page or as adjacent pages. It is also possible to view a scanned image and the associated transcript text together.
Browse the volumes as published
Browse the volumes in the order in which the parish and county reports were published.
Browse/view the scanned pages and transcribed text.
Print a page using a printer friendly option or download whole parishes as a PDF.
Bookmark a parish
It is possible to bookmark a parish and return directly to it at a later date.
Bookmark a citation
It is possible to bookmark a page citation. This means the page is accessible from the user's browser without the need to log on to the Statistical Accounts and re-run a search.
Copy and Paste
It is possible to copy and paste text from transcribed text pages into other software packages.
Link from each parish to the Gazetteer for Scotland
The Gazetteer for Scotland is a vast geographical encyclopaedia, featuring details of towns, villages, bens and glens from the Scottish Borders to the Northern Isles. The first comprehensive gazetteer produced for Scotland since 1885, it includes tourist attractions, industries and historical sites, together with histories of family names and clans, biographies of famous Scots and descriptions of historical events associated with Scotland. The network of connections between all of these entries makes this gazetteer unique. Visitors will also find included the text of Groome's 19th Century Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland in the entries to provide a historical perspective.
- Transcript of Sir John Sinclair's questions to ministers, 25th May 1790.
- [Survey by Questionnaire]: Heads of Inquiry for the New Statistical Account of Scotland 2nd August, 1843.
- Index of Compilers of Reports within the Statistical Accounts
- Now includes compilers of reports in Volume XXI (additions and corrections to reports in Volumes I to XX).
- What They Said About The First or Old Statistical Account (OSA),
Maps and Illustrations
- Index of Maps within the Statistical Accounts
- A Brief Guide to Key Information Sources on Parish Boundaries in Scotland
- List of Illustrations in the First and Second Statistical Accounts
Manuscripts and Census Reports
- Parish of Dumfries. 12th January 1791
- Parish of Stow. 17th February 1791
- Parish of Forgandenny.
- Census for the Parish of Stow, 1801. Including indices of places, occupations and surnames.
- Correspondence relating to the Statistical Accounts held in the National Archives of Scotland and in other locations.
Sir John Sinclair's Works
- Sir John Sinclair. Specimens of Statistical Reports. London, 1793.
- Sir John Sinclair. Analysis of the Statistical Account of Scotland. London, 1826.
- Sir John Sinclair's Works in Translation
Contemporaries and Successors
- James Cleland Biography
- James Cleland Publications
- Robert Gourlay Biography
- Robert Gourlay Publications
- Joseph Train: An Antiquarian 'Statistician'.
- John Fuller, MD, Author of The History of Berwick upon Tweed, 1799
- Roderick Mackenzie (c.1761-1844), Survey of North West Canada
External Useful Links
- List of external links to resources
- Mitchison, R. 'Sinclair, Sir John, first baronet (1754-1835)', in: H. C. G. Matthew and B. Harrison (eds.), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: OUP, 2004).
- Online ed., edited by Lawrence Goldman, January 2008. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/25627
- Emery, F. A. '"Geographical description" of Scotland prior to the statistical accounts', Scottish Studies 3 (1959), 1-16.
- Gibson, J. A. 'The New Statistical Account of Scotland, 1834-1845: Correct publication dates of the parish accounts', The Scottish Naturalist 107 (1995), 3-52.
- Groome, F. H. (ed.) Ordnance gazetteer of Scotland : a survey of Scottish topography, statistical, biographical, and historical (Edinburgh, 1882-85).
- Mitchison, R. Agricultural Sir John: the life of Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster, 1754-1835 (London, 1962).
- Sinclair, J. Analysis of the Statistical Account of Scotland (London, 1826).
- Smout, T. C. A history of the Scottish people, 1560-1830 (Glasgow, 1972).
- Steven, M. Parish life in eighteenth-century Scotland: a review of the Old Statistical Account (Aberdeen, 1995).
- Withers, C. W. J. 'How Scotland came to know itself: geography, national identity and the making of a nation, 1680-1790', Journal of Historical Geography 21 (1995), 371-97.
- Withrington, D. 'What was distinctive about the Scottish Enlightenment?', in J. Carter and J. Pittock (eds.), Aberdeen and the Enlightenment (Aberdeen, 1987), 9-19.