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Scots Miners 1891 Census Survey

Title details

SN: 3651
Title: Scots Miners 1891 Census Survey
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-3651-1
Depositor: Campbell, A.B., University of Liverpool. Department of Economic and Social History
Principal investigator(s): Campbell, A.B., University of Liverpool. Department of Economic and Social History
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Nuffield Foundation
Grant number: H52427500795; SOC/181(1838)


The citation for this study is:

Campbell, A.B. (1997). Scots Miners 1891 Census Survey. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 3651,

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Subject Categories

Economic conditions and indicators - Economics
Economic history - History
General - Employment and labour
Political history - History
Population censuses - Population, vital statistics and censuses
Population history - History
Social history - History


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The main aim of the project was to analyse the factors influencing trade unionism and politics in the Scots coalfields during the period 1874-1939. The objective of the census survey was to provide information on occupation, age, marital status and place of birth of mineworkers in ten localities which could be used in conjunction with a range of qualitative sources.
Main Topics:
Occupation, age, marital status and birthplace of mineworkers resident in the ten survey localities.

Please note: this study does not include information on named individuals and would therefore not be useful for personal family history research.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1891
Dates of fieldwork: June 1989 - July 1989
Country: Scotland
Geography: Annbank
East Lothian
Spatial units: Enumeration Districts
Parishes (Ecclesiastical)
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
Numeric data
Aggregate (macro) level
Universe: Subnational
Census data
All mineworkers resident in the ten survey localities (Annbank, Ayrshire; Hurlford, Ayrshire; Blantyre, Lanarkshire; Larkhall, Lanarkshire; Craigneuk, Lanarkshire; Douglas and Coalburn, Lanarkshire; Newtongrange, Midlothian; Prestonpans, East Lothian; Culross, Fifeshire; and Wemyss, Fifeshire) on the night of the 1891 census.
Mineworkers were defined as those mining employees who were eligible to join the main miners' union in the 1890s. Mining occupational groups which were excluded from the survey include: coal mining manager; colliery clerk; colliery oversmen; underground oversman; colliery overseer; colliery enginekeeper; colliery contractor; colliery ropeman; coal carter; colliery tradesmen (such as blacksmiths, engineers, bricklayers, carpenters).
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
All mineworkers were surveyed in selected localities.
Number of units: 8157 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Transcription of existing materials
Weighting: No information recorded
Data sources: 1891 Census Enumerators' Books, Register House, Edinburgh.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 29 July 1997
Copyright: Copyright Campbell, A.B. University of Liverpool.
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is not required.
Please note: These data are available to any user for any purpose under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Availability: UK Data Service
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Study information and citation UKDA_Study_3651_Information.htm 16
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By principal investigator(s):
Campbell, A.B. (1997) The Scottish miners : a social history of their trade unions and politics, 1874-1939 Aldershot : Scolar Press.

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