Parish of Stromness in 1841

The person appointed by the Sheriff to divide the Parish was James Gardner a Preacher of the Gospel living, together with The Minister of the Parish Peter Learmonth, at Innertown in Enumeration District 2.
2 persons were listed as sleeping outside or in boats, barns etc.

Enumeration District 1 containing 33 houses with Enumerator John Sutherland is described as:
So much of the parish of Stromness as lies between the Houses of Mainland and a line from the Shore to a house called the Castle commonly called the District or Township of Outtertown
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister

Enumeration District 2 containing 35 houses with Enumerator James Gardner is described as:
So much of the parish of Stromness as lies between the Township of Outtertown and a line from the top of Brinkies Brae to the Staggs of Nethertoun commonly called the District or Township of Innertown
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister

Enumeration District 3 containing 38 houses with Enumerator William Smith is described as:
So much of the parish of Stromness as lies between the northern boundary of the Borough of Regality of Stromness and the Bridge of Weath commonly called the District or Township of Cairston
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister

Enumeration District 4 containing 28 houses with Enumerator Charles Beaton is described as:
So much of the parish of Stromness as lies to (smudged) and west of the District of Cairston commonly called the District or Township of Quhom and Redland
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister

Enumeration District 5 containing 26 houses with Enumerator Peter Beaton is described as:
The rest of the rural part of the parish of Stromness contained in the District or Township of Kirbister
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister

Enumeration District 6 containing 39 houses with Enumerator Alexander Adam is described as:
So much of the parish of Stromness as lies between the point of Ness and the Burn passing Cruickshanks Distillery being part of the Burgh of Regality of Stromness
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister

Enumeration District 7 containing 55 houses with Enumerator Andrew Skea is described as:
So much of the parish of Stromness as lies between Cruickshanks Distillery and Humpreys Quay being part of the Burgh of Regality of Stromness
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
N.B. The word Spinster in the preceding pages signifies a worsted spinner or a spinner of worsted on a spinning wheel.
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It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister

Enumeration District 8 containing 44 houses with Enumerator George Smith is described as:
So much of the parish of Stromness as lies between Humpreys Quay and the house known by the name of Miss Mackinlays being part of the Burgh of Regality of Stromness
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister

Enumeration District 9 containing 84 houses with Enumerator Thomas Flett is described as:
So much of the parish of Stromness as lies between Miss Mackinlays house and the Burn passing Bailie Browns Shop being part of the Burgh of Regality of Stromness
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister

Enumeration District 10 containing 54 houses with Enumerator John Corston is described as:
So much of the parish of Stromness as lies between Bailie Brown's Shop and Mr Millers Quay being part of the Burgh of Regality of Stromness
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister

Enumeration District 11 containing 55 houses with Enumerator George Garson is described as:
So much of the parish of Stromness as lies between Mr Millers Quay and Fiddlers Quay being part of the Burgh of Regality of Stromness
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister
Remarks of Sheriff
The average number of marriages in Stromness Burgh and parish within the last ten years has been annually about 18. The Births are uncertain as the Dissenters do not register their childrens baptisms. The average number of deaths annually within the last ten years has been about 50.
Chas Shirreff

Enumeration District 12 containing 63 houses with Enumerator James Robertson is described as:
So much of the parish of Stromness as lies between Fiddlers Quay and Coopers Slap being the rest of the Burgh of Regality of Stromness
James Gardner as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
It may be proper to mention that during the last seven years the Census of the Town and Parish of Stromness has been taken on two different occasions by Mr Learmonth and found to amount in round numbers to Three thousand and the cause of the apparent decrease in the population at the present must be traced to the number of Seamen and others who are necessarily absent at this season.
James Gardner
I hereby certify that the above is a correct statement to the best of my knowledge.
Peter Learmonth  Minister

Remarks of Sheriff

Population of the Burgh of Regality of Stromness 1841 is 2055
 ditto of computed number sleeping in tents etc. ditto2
2057
 ditto of rural district of Stromness parish ditto728
2785
By the Census of 1831 Stromness Burgh was 2182
 ditto ditto 6502832
aggregate decrease 47

Chas Shirreff