Parish of Orphir in 1841

The person appointed by the Sheriff to divide the Parish was John Brass a schoolmaster living in Enumeration District 2. The Minister of the Parish was James Anderson also living in Enumeration District 2. Unfortunatly no place names were recorded for this parish but, unusually, the names of those absent on census night were recorded.
No persons were listed as sleeping outside or in boats, barns etc.

Enumeration District 1 containing 58 houses with Enumerator John Brass is described as:
So much of the parish of Ophir as lies between Button south east to the Breck of Orakirk
John Brass as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
The following persons were absent on the night of 6th June 1841.

  1. James Harcas
  2. James Harcas
  3. William MacKay
  4. William Corston
  5. Peter Tait
  6. David Tait
  7. William Tait
  8. James Tait
  9. Thomas Tait
  10. James Wishart
  11. Joseph Sclater

John Brass
James Anderson  Minister

Enumeration District 2 containing 52 houses with Enumerator John Wilson Snr is described as:
So much of the parish of Ophir as lies between Houton Head east to the bourn of Croval
John Brass as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
The following persons were absent on the night of 6th June 1841.

  1. Daniel Kirkpatrick
  2. James Murray
  3. Peter Murray
  4. Cecilia Moar
  5. Ann Clouston
  6. Cecilia Tait
  7. Wm Groundwater
  8. James Sinclair
  9. Wm Hay
  10. Wm Inkster

John Brass
James Anderson  Minister

Enumeration District 3 containing 32 houses with Enumerator James Brass is described as:
So much of the parish of Ophir lying east of the Bourn at Croval to the west Bourn of Swanbister
John Brass as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
The following persons were absent on the night of 6th June 1841.

  1. Mr Johnston
  2. Mrs James Johnston
  3. Mrs John Johnston
  4. James Groundwater

John Brass
James Anderson  Minister

Enumeration District 4 containing 31 houses with Enumerator William Allan is described as:
So much of the parish of Ophir lying east of the Bourn at Swanbister to Dykes end in Smooger.
John Brass as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
The following persons were absent on the night of 6th June 1841.

  1. William Groundwater
  2. William Halcrow
  3. Wm Halcrow
  4. Thomas Flett
  5. Margaret Hay
  6. Catharine Hay
  7. Harry Hay
  8. John Hay
  9. John Groundwater
  10. John Gray
  11. George Flett
  12. Margaret Flett
  13. William Harvey

John Brass
James Anderson  Minister

Enumeration District 5 containing 37 houses with Enumerator John Wilson Jnr is described as:
So much of the parish of Ophir lying north of Mundess, Naversdale, Tuscarbist, Kalu and the two Ground waters
John Brass as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
The following persons were absent on the night of 6th June 1841.

  1. Thomas Tait
  2. Benjamin Corner
  3. Philip Corner
  4. Sinclair Corner

John Brass
James Anderson  Minister

Enumeration District 6 containing 22 houses with Enumerator Robert Brass is described as:
So much of the parish of Ophir lying east of the Mill of Kirbister to the extremity of the parish towards Kirkwall
John Brass as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
None absent belonging to this District on the night of 6th June 1841.
John Brass
James Anderson  Minister

Enumeration District 7 containing 4 houses with Enumerator Peter Brass is described as:
Island of Cava
John Brass as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
None absent belonging to the Island of Cava on the night of 6th June 1841.
John Brass
James Anderson  Minister

Remarks of Sheriff

The total population of the parish of Orphir by the Census of 1841 is 1041
of Cava Island united to it quo ad sacra is 23
1064
By the Census of 1831 Orphir with Cava Island was996
68
Add absentees on the night of 6th June42
General Increase110

Chas Shirreff