South Ronaldshay in 1841

St. Peters Parish

The person appointed by the Sheriff to divide the Parish was James Forbes the Parish Schoolmaster living at School House in Enumeration District 5. The Minister of the Parish of South Ronaldshay & Burray was John Gerard living at the Manse also in Enumeration District 5.
20 persons were listed as sleeping outside or in boats, barns etc.

Enumeration District 1 containing 39 houses with Enumerator William B Swanson is described as:
So much of the parish of St Peters as lies between the Boin of Quorfree on the east the Birn of Blanster on the west the Sands of the Shore and Smiddy Banks on the south, and the Bay of St Margarets Hope on the north being the village of St Margarets Hope.
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
The population of the village ammounted to 270 in 1831; so that this year, there is a decrease of 18 persons - owing to deaths and the removal of some families to Edinburgh and England. There may be about 20 persons absent from the village at present
J Forbes
John Gerard  Minister of South Ronaldshay & Burray

Enumeration District 2 containing 56 houses with Enumerator A Allan is described as:
So much of the parish of St Peters as lies to the west of the village of St Margarets Hope and bounded on the east by the Birn of Blanster and the Bay of Widewall on the west by Hoxay Sound on the south by the Bay of Widewall and on the north by Watersound
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
This District in 1831 contained a population of 222, so that there is an increase of 45 which may be imputed for the building of several cot-houses on the Commons and the building of several houses at Quindrey for the convenience of being near Widewall Bay an excellent station for the Herring Fishery.
J Forbes
John Gerard  Minister of South Ronaldshay & Burray

Enumeration District 3 containing 47 houses with Enumerator John Sutherland is described as:
So much of the parish of St Peters as lies between Widewall on the south Watersound on the north, the Bay of Widewall the Birn of Blanster the Birn of Quorfree and the Bay of St Margarets Hope on the west and the Park of Casa and Eastside on the east.
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
This District contained a population of 192 in 1831 of course it has suffered an increase of 40; this I Impute to the removal of some families to other parts of the Island and their place being filled up by younger ones. There have been only about 12 deaths in this district since last Census.
J Forbes
John Gerard  Minister of South Ronaldshay and Burray

Enumeration District 4 containing 73 houses with Enumerator William Taylor is described as:
So much of the parish of St Peters as lies between Gairst on the west the German Ocean on the east Watersound on the north, and Eastside on the south.
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
In 1831 this district contained a population of 363 Individuals - of course the increase this year is 27 only - There is little or no change in the district since last Census, with the exception of a few deaths now and then, and a few young men at present out of the Country some at sea and a few working at their respective trades.
J Forbes
John Gerard  Minister of South Ronaldshay and Burray

Enumeration District 5 containing 58 houses with Enumerator James Forbes is described as:
So much of the parish of St Peters as lies between Grimness on the north, and the South parish on the south, the German Ocean on the east and Blanster Widewall and Sandwick on the west.
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
There is an increase of 46 in this District its population in 1831 being 265. Few or no changes have taken place it this District since last Census. In 1836 the Small Pox carried away about 70 persons in the United Parishes of So. Ronaldshay and Burray and it is worthy of remark that no person who had been vaccinated died.
J F
John Gerard  Minister of South Ronaldshay and Burray

Enumeration District 6 containing 53 houses with Enumerator John Durran is described as:
So much of the parish of St Peters as lies between the Birn of Sandwick on the south Herston and the Bay of Widewall on the west Blanster on the north, and Eastside on the east
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
This District has increased from 197 in 1831 to 253 this year, making an increase of 56. I am aware of no peculiarity in this District.
James Forbes
John Gerard  Minister of South Ronaldshay and Burray

Enumeration District 7 containing 27 houses with Enumerator Alexander Durran is described as:
So much of the parish of St Peters as lies between Widewall on the east, the Pentland Firth on the south, Hoxay Sound on the south and west and the Bay of Widewall on the north.
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
This District has increased from 88 persons in 1831 to 142 this present year - consq. the increase is 54.
James Forbes
John Gerard  Minister of South Ronaldshay and Burray

Enumeration District 8 containing 61 houses with Enumerator John G Guthrie is described as:
So much of the Island of Burray as lies to the west of Ecna Loch including the Island of Hunda
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
This Part of Burray has wonderfully increased for the last 10 years. People have flocked to it from the Islands of So. Ronaldshay and Stroma, and several other quarters. I suppose from no other motive, than to be near the Peat Moss and an excellent station for the Herring Fishery at the West Shore. The whole amount of the population of the Island in 1831 was 357 so that there is an increase of 181 in the whole Island.
J Forbes
John Gerard  Minister of South Ronaldshay and Burray

Enumeration District 9 containing 41 houses with Enumerator John Sinclair is described as:
The rest of the Island of Burray lying to the east of Ecna Loch.
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
This District has undergone no great change either in population or improvement. The people have been moving westward, and if the Peat Moss and the Herring Fishery come to an end (and I have not the smallest doubt, but they soon may) they must cross the Atlantic for America.
James Forbes
John Gerard  Minister of South Ronaldshay and Burray

Remarks of Sheriff

By the Census of 1841 the population of the Island of Burray is 532
By the Census of 1831 it was357
Increase 175

The Schoolmaster in his remarks on Schedule No 8 of the other part of this Island of Burray erroneously reckons the inhabitants of the Island of Hunda in the aggregate increase making it 181. Hunda was not inhabited in 1831 it now contains one family of the number of 6. See Enumerators Schedule No 8 p 12.
Chas Shirreff  Sheriff Substitute

St. Mary Parish

The person appointed by the Sheriff to divide the Parish was James S MacIvor a Schoolmaster living at Tomisons School in Enumeration District 4. The Minister of the Parish of South Ronaldshay & Burray was John Gerard living at the Manse in Enumeration District 5 of St Peters.
No persons were listed as sleeping outside or in boats, barns etc.

Enumeration District 1 containing 27 houses with Enumerator James S MacIvor is described as:
So much of the parish of St Mary as is contained between the Burn of Sandwick on the north and the Dyke of Hoston on the south and east, bounded on the west by the Sea
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
The Persons marked as Straw plait makers do not in general subsist entirely by this branch of industry but engage frequently in working herring nets and other female occupations although Straw plait may be considered their chief means of support.
Those marked Fishermen comprehend cod, herring and lobster fishers.
The poor on the Parish roll are marked Paupers although the pittance received from the Funds of the Kirk Session can do very little towards their support which is generally eked out by begging.
There is no peculiarity in the state of the population of District No 1 either as to absence, decrease or influx. None have emigrated within the last six months.
James S MacIvor
John Gerard  Minister

Enumeration District 2 containing 20 houses with Enumerator John Tomison jnr is described as:
So much of the parish of St Mary as is contained between the dyke of Hoston on the north and the Pentland Firth on the south bounded on the west by the Sea & on the east by Burwick road including Quoyball and Hoghouse.
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
The Persons marked as Straw plait makers do not in general subsist entirely by this branch of industry; but engage frequently in working herring nets and other female occupations; although Straw plait may be considered their chief means of support.
Those marked Fishermen comprehend cod, herring and lobster fishers.
N.B. The poor on the Parish roll are marked Paupers although the pittance received from the Funds of the Kirk Session can do very little towards their support which is generally eked out by begging.
I know of no peculiarity connected with the population of District No 2. None absent no influx nor decrease. None have emigrated within the last six months.
J S MacIvor
John Gerard  Minister

Enumeration District 3 containing 17 houses with Enumerator John Allan is described as:
So much of the parish of St Mary as is contained between the Ward Hill on the north and a line passing from the Mouth of the Burn of Stane along the Mires of Mosalore and Loch of Lyth on the south bounded on the east by the Sea on the west by District No 2
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
The Persons marked as Straw plait makers do not in general subsist entirely by this branch of industry; but engage in the manufacture of herring nets and other female occupations - although Straw plait may be considered their chief means of support. Those marked Fishermen comprehend cod, cerring and lobster fishers. The poor on the Parish roll are marked Paupers although the pittance they receive from the Funds of the Kirk Session can do very little for their support which is generally eked out by begging.
In District No 3 there were 2 absent, no influx no recent decrease; no emigration within the last six months.
J S MacIvor
John Gerard  Minister

Enumeration District 4 containing 21 houses with Enumerator James Thomson is described as:
As much of the parish of St Mary as is contained between a line from the Mouth of the Burn of Stane going westward along the Mires of Mossater and Loch of Lyth on the north and the valley called the Graves of Flawe and Quoys on the south bounded on the east by the Sea, the west by District No 2.
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
Those marked Straw plait makers do not in general subsist solely by this branch of industry; but engage frequently in making herring nets and other female occupations - although Straw plait may be considered their chief means of support. Those marked Fishermen comprehend cod, herring and lobster fishers.
There is no peculiarity in the population of District No 4. None absent, no decrease or influx, none have emigrated.
J S MacIvor
John Gerard  Minister

Enumeration District 5 containing 16 houses with Enumerator John Tomison snr is described as:
As much of the parish of St Mary as is contained between the Graves of Flawes and Quoys on the north and the lake called Trinneyloch and the Burn of Trinneyloch going west to the Loch of Burnwick bounded on the east by the Sea west by Loch of Burwick and District No 2.
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
There is no peculiarity connected with the population of District No 5. No decrease - no influx, none have emigrated within the last six months nor are there any absent.
J S MacIvor
John Gerard  Minister

Enumeration District 6 containing 35 houses with Enumerator William Tomison is described as:
As much of the parish of St Mary as is contained between Trinneyloch and Burn of Trinneyloch on the north and the Sea on the south & east bounded on the west by Loch of Burwick and Bay of Burwick.
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
The Persons marked as Straw plait makers do not in general subsist entirely by this branch of industry; but engage frequently in working herring nets and other female occupations although Straw plait may be considered their chief means of support. Those marked Fishermen comprehend cod, herring and lobster fishers.
N.B. The poor on the Parish roll are marked Paupers, although the pittance received from the Funds of the Kirk Session can do very little towards their support which is generally eked out by begging. There is an influx of 10 Masons in this District (No 6) employed in building houses for the Commissioners of N Lighthouses. None absent. None have emigrated within the last six months.
Jas S MacIvor
John Gerard  Minister

Enumeration District 7 containing 8 houses with Enumerator Sinclair McIver is described as:
As much of the parish of St Mary as is comprized by the Island of Swona
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
There is no peculiarity in the population of the Island of Swona. None absent. None have emigrated within the last six months.
Almost every male adult is engaged in fishing cod herring or lobster in their seasons.
J S MacIvor
John Gerard  Minister of South Ronaldshay and Burray

Enumeration District 8 containing 2 houses with Enumerator James Brown is described as:
So much of the parish of St Mary in South Ronaldshay as lies within the Island of Pentland Skerry.
James Forbes as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
I know of no peculiarity of any kind respecting the population of District No 8.
J Forbes
John Gerard  Minister of South Ronaldshay and Burray

Remarks of Sheriff
The Pentland Skerry Island is united quoad sacra with the South Parish of the Island of South Ronaldshay, and the South and North Parishes of South Ronaldshay are again united quoad sacra with the Islands of Burray Hunda & Swannay the whole forming one cure under the pastoral superintendance of one Clergyman.