The Glenkens in the New Statistical Account (NSA) Population

The Glenkens in the New Statistical Account (NSA)

NSA (1845) Statistical Account of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh – under the supervision of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy.

Parishes

Balmaclellan (1844)Rev Gavin Cullen & Rev George Murray (pp 98 – 107)

Balmaghie (Laurieston) (1844) Rev Alex. Gibson (pp 178 – 189)

Carsphairn (1839) Rev David Welsh (pp 273 – 281)

Crossmichael (1844) Rev John Whitson (pp 190 – 200)

Dalry (1844) Rev George Paterson (pp 369 – 373)

Kells (New Galloway)(1839 & 1844) Rev James Maitland (pp 108 – 117)

Parton & Corsock (1844) Rev W.G. Crosbie(pp 282 – 286)

Population

Balmaclellan: 1755 – 534; 1792 – 495; 1801 – 554; 1811 – 734; 1821 – 912; 1831 – 1013; 1841 – 1134.

The number of people living in Balmaclellan – 116; in Crogo – 60.

The average number of births in the previous 7 years – 25; deaths – 10; marriages – 4.

Unmarried men, bachelors and widowers, over 50 – 25

Unmarried women over 45 - 66

Balmaghie: 1755 - 697; 1794 - 862; 1831 - 1416 (721 males, 695 female); 1841 - 1252 (592 male, 660 female). 275 lived in Laurieston and 243 in Bridge of Dee.

Families – 268, the average number of people per family were about 4.5 people; average number of children was 2.5.

Under 15, - 359; 15 – 30, - 302; 30 – 50, - 270; 50 – 70, - 170; over 70 – 51.

Average number of births for previous 7 years – 24.5, marriages for the same period - 6. 226 inhabited houses, 9 uninhabited.

The decrease in population between ’31 and ’41 was because the river was being deepened and extra people were employed to do it.

Carsphairn: 1755 - 609; 1801 – 496; 1811 – 459; 1821 – 474; 1831 - 542; 1841 - 790. Poor – 13.

Crossmichael:  Upwards of 80 yrs ago there were - 613; In January 1791 – 772; 1831 – 1325; 1841 – 1320.

The average number of poor – 23

‘Migration – many young men have hitherto been in the habit of going from Galloway to England, and becoming travelling dealers in tea or cloth. Some have made money and often return and become very respectable members of society. The little distance between here and Ireland has induced many of the needy and forward adventurers of that country to migrate here to the detriment of those who come into contact with them.’

Dalry: 1801 – 832; 1811 – 1061; 1821 – 1151; 1831 – 1246; 1841 – 1215

Average number of poor of all classes – 50.

Kells: 1755 – 784; 1791 – 889; 1801 – 778; 1811 – 941; 1821 – 1104; 1831 – 1128; 1841 – 1121, of whom 436 live in New Galloway.

Average number of baptism in the last 7 yrs – 3; marriages – 8; there was no register of deaths, but they were much lower than births.

Parton & Corsock: 1801 - 426; 1811 - 569; 1821 – 845; 1831 - 827; 1831 - 808.

The increase between 1811 and 1821 appears to be because of the subdivision of farms and increase in cultivation on the Corsock estate. Poor – average number in the last 3 yrs. -17.

There were 12 landowners, 5 of whom were resident.