Walls & Flotta in 1841

Walls Parish

The choice by the Sheriff of a person to divide the Parish is described in 'Remarks of Sheriff' below, and was Gordon N McIntosh a Missionary Minister living at the Manse in Enumeration District 1.
No person was listed as sleeping outside or in boats, barns etc.

Enumeration District 1 containing 45 houses with Enumerator Robert Wright is described as:
South Walls - That district of the Parish in South Walls which comprehends the Houses from the South Ness to the Manse and from thence to the back of Hackness by a line drawn along the back of the School of Osmonwall including the Shores of Longhope to beyond the Martello South Tower

Enumeration District 2 containing 34 houses with Enumerator Hugh Baikie is described as:
That district of the parish formed by a line drawn from the Manse to Osmanwall and Osmanwall head including all the south east part on the shores of the Pentland Firth
In the space for the remarks of the person dividing the parish the following was written and refers to Osmondwall:
This District is 2 1/2 miles in Length therefor I have not taken same as a village.
R P B

Enumeration District 3 containing 65 houses with Enumerator Alexander Swanston is described as:
That district of the parish formed by a line drawn from the South Ness to Eathe westward and beyond the Aire, including Brims on the verge of the Pentland Firth, Melsetter and along the shores of Longhope and Saltness.

Enumeration District 4 containing 40 houses with Enumerator George Robson is described as:
North Walls - That district of the Parish from Saltness along the shores of the Longhope to the South Ness and from thence eastward to the North Martello Tower

Enumeration District 5 containing 46 houses with Enumerator Robert Wilson is described as:
That district of the Parish of North Walls which comprehends the inland parts of North Walls from the North Martello Tower round the Orr Bay including the School house round to Hilltown then along the Bay of the Mill and beyond it to the House of Rysay.

Remarks of Sheriff

By the Census of 1841 the total population of North and South Walls is 1153
By the Census of 1831 it was1067
Increase86

In consequence of the office of parochial Schoolmaster in the united parishes of Walls and Flotta being vacant at the period when these parishes fell to be divided into Enumeration Districts for taking the Census of 1841 the Sheriff Substitute appointed the parish Minister to do so, and he having gone to Edinb to attend the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland before the Census fell to be taken the duty of superintending it devolved upon his assistant the Revd Gordon H McIntosh who signs the Certificate annexed.
Chas Shirreff

Flotta Parish

For the choice by the Sheriff of a person to divide the Parish see under Walls Parish.
22 persons were listed as sleeping outside or in boats, barns etc.

Enumeration District 1 containing 82 houses with Enumerator James Hay is described as:
Island of Flotta being part of the united parishes of Walls and Flotta
Gordon N McIntosh as Person appointed to divide the Parish recorded the following remarks:
14 persons in a Barn see page 16.
Two men belonging to this Island were at Deerness on the evening of the 6th and entered accordingly.
The men belonging to two Laye Boats belonging to Flotta were from home on the evening of the 6th. The crew of the one Boat returned early on the morning of the 7th (having been detained on the Caithness Coast by stress of weather and the crew of the other returned from Kirkwall on the evening of the same day. As the men who were with the boats slept on board on the evening of the 6th and were not entered in any Enumerators Schedule. The Enumerator of Flotta has entered them in his Lists and book.
Gordon N McIntosh

(Transcribers note: the following district was incorrectly filed as part of Eday & Pharay due to confusion between North Pharay which goes with Eday and South Pharay which belongs here).
Enumeration District 2 containing 10 houses with Enumerator William Harvey is described as:
Island of Pharay being part of the united parishes of Walls and Flotta
In the space for the remarks of the person dividing the parish the following was written by the Enumerator:
Gavin Stout went to Liverpool lately as a pilot and has not yet returned
William Harvey

Remarks of Sheriff

By the Census of 1841 the population of the Island of Flotta is 405
and of the Island of South Pharay is55
460
By the Census of 1831 it was of these Islands collectively369
Increase91
Deduct 14 persons entered as sleeping in barns on page 16 of
Enum Schedule No 1 supposed not to belong to the parish14
Real Increase77

Chas Shirreff