Guesses, Estimates and Adjustments: Webster's 1755 ''Census'' of Scotland Revisited Again

Anderson, Michael
May 2011
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies;2011, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p26
Academic Journal
The article analyzes the census information provided by Scottish minister Alexander Webster in his work "Account of the Number of People of Scotland in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Five." The author is primarily concerned with the possible margin of error for Webster's figures and his methodology in compiling his information. Population figures for Scotland's parishes as well as Scotland as a whole are examined by the author. Webster's method of obtaining statistical information in the form of estimates from correspondence with parish ministers is explained.


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