The following transcription is of my fuzzy photocopy of the 1841 census for Reiff, spelt Riff then. My fourth cousin, Donald MacLeod in New Zealand (CONTACT INFO), has also looked over the film, and suggested corrections. There are still parts to fuzzy for us to agree on an interpretation of the handwriting, and we would welcome anyone else to take out their magnifying glass, and join in!
The 1841 census rounded down all ages over 15 to the nearest 5 year multiple.
The columns on the 1841 census read;
PLACE Here insert Name of Village, Street, Square, Court, &c. HOUSES Uninhabited or Building Inhabited NAME and SURNAME, SEX and AGE of each Person who abode in each House on the Night of 6th June. NAME and SURNAME AGE Male Female OCCUPATION Of what Profession, Trade, Employment, or whether of Independant Means. WHERE BORN If Born in Scotland, state whether in County or otherwise. Whether Foreigner, or whether Born in England or Ireland
Everyone except the Patersons in Reiff 41-14 are marked as born in County.
The data took up pages 5 to 11, I have noted the pagebreaks, but not the pagenumbers.
The census taker spelt the community "Riff" in 1841. Spellings of names of places and surnames did not begin to standardise till later in the century.
The census enumerator in 1841 did not give the households numbers, so I have arbitrarily numbered them from 1 to 22, and added a prefix of 41 to difference the households from later census returns. From later censuses and other data it seems the first two enumerated households though enumerated as part of Reiff in 1841 were the neighboring small community of Camusglassellan, and the last two were the small hamlet of Faochag, where the MacKenzie family had a mill that served the district.
Murdo McLeod 60 Crofter Malcolm McLeod 20 Fisher Rodk. McLeod 10 Catherine McLeod 50 Janet McLeod 20 Mary McLeod 15Notes on this Household.
Murdo McLeod 60 Crofter Norman McLeod 20 Fisher Murdo McLeod 10 Kate McLeod 60 Betsy McLeod 20 Flory McLeod 15Notes on this Household.
Dond. McLean 40 Fisher & Crofter Rodk. McLean 5 Jno. McLean 3 Margt McLean 35Notes on this Household.
Hector McKenzie 50 Crofter & footpost (uncertain writing) Murdo McKenzie 20 Fisher Duncan McKenzie 10 Catherine McKenzie 50 Lexy McLean 25 George McLean 40 Sailor (Page break)Notes on this Household.
Dun McKenzie 30 Fisher & Crofter Ann McKenzie 20 Janet McKenzie 5 Mary McKenzie 1&1/2 Catherine McLeod 20 F.S. Hendry McLeod 10 F.S.Notes on this Household.
Alex McLeod 55 Fisher & Crofter Dond. McLeod 10 Alex McLeod 5 Rodk. McLeod 5 Ann McLeod 50 Margt. McLeod 10Notes on this Household.
Murdo McLeod 60 Fisher & Crofter Alexr. McLeod 30 Murdo McLeod 25 George McLeod 20 Sailor Dond. McLeod 25 Margt. McLeod 60 Catherine McLeod 35 Elizabeth McLeod 20 Rachel McLeod 25 Margt. McKenzie 5 M.S. (fuzzy writing) Mary Urquhart 10 do. do. (Page break)Notes on this Household.
Murdo McKenzie 55 Fisher & Crofter Alexr. McKenzie 25 do. do. Murdo McKenzie 20 do. do. Jno McKenzie 15 do. do. Kth. McKenzie 14 do. do. Rodk. McKenzie 10 do. do. Mary McKenzie 45 Barbara McKenzie 30 Catherine McKenzie 20 Mary Ross 2Notes on this Household.
Hugh Ross 40 Fisher & Crofter Janet Ross 30 Ann Ross 2Notes on this Household.
Murdo Urquhart 50 Fisher & Crofter Jno. Urquhart 13 Dond. Urquhart 8 Ann Urquhart 50 Ann Urquhart 15 Henny Urquhart 5 Mary Urquhart 10Notes on this Household.
Dond. Kerr 60 Tennant Ann McLeod 50 Margt Kerr 25 Murdo Kerr 20 Sailor Peggy Kerr 20 (Page break) Alex Kerr 15 Sailor Dond. Kerr 15 Rachel Kerr 15 Chirsty Kerr 10 Lexy Kerr 5Notes on this Household.
Rodk. Ross 35 Fisher & Crofter Catherine Ross 65 Margt. Ross 40 Chirsty Ross 20 Hanna McLeod 10 Alexr. McKenzie 40 Lodger Dond. McKenzie 20 do.Notes on this Household.
Jno McLeod 55 Cotter Angus McLeod 9 Isabella McLeod 40 Isabella McLeod 15 Peggy McLeod 10 Doliena McLeod 8 Alex McLeod 5Notes on this Household.
Dond. Paterson 40 Salmon Fisher Torquil Paterson 15 do. do. Dond. McLean 30 do. do. Alex Grant 20 do. do. James Grant 13 Lodger (Page break)Notes on this Household.
Murdo McLeod 50 Fisher & Crofter Annabella McLeod 45 Dond. McLeod 15 Geo(Jno?) McLeod 14 Hugh McLeod 8 Murdo McLeod 6 Alex McLeod 1 Janet McLeod 15 Rachel McLeod 10 Isabella McLeod 9 Chirsty McLeod 5Notes on this Household.
Chirsty McLeod 60 Catherine McLean 30Notes on this Household.
Dond. McLeod 65 Farmer Alex McLeod 30 Fisher Isabella McLeod 45 Ann McLeod 20 Janet McLeod 15 Margt. McLeod 12 Mary McLeod 9Notes on this Household.
Jno. McDonald 70 Farmer Dond. McDonald 35 Fisher Catherine McDond. 60 Catherine McDond. 7 Margt McDonald 6 (Page break) Hanna McLean 12 F.S. Malcolm McLeod 8 Lodger (sp?) Mary Kerr 20 F.S.Notes on this Household.
Jno McLenan 60 Crofter & Fisher Alex McLenan 20 Fisher Kth McLenan 15 Isabella McLenan 50 Catherine McLenan 25 Mary McLenan 20Notes on this Household.
Jno McKenzie 75 Fisher & Crofter Rodk McKenzie 40 do. do. Murdo McKenzie 35 do. do. Neil McKenzie 30 do. do. Barbra McKenzie 65 Isabella McKenzie 20 Murdo McLean 5 Janet McLeod 10 F.S.Notes on this Household.
Rodk. McKenzie 60 Fisher & Crofter Alex McKenzie 30 do. do. Dond. McKenzie 25 do. do. Hector McKenzie 10 do. do. Margt McKenzie 50 Henny McKenzie 20 (Page break)Notes on this Household.
Rodk McKenzie 65 Fisher & Crofter Geo(Jno?) 30 Hugh McKenzie 20 Kth McKenzie 20 Henny McKenzie 50 Catherine Urquhart 25 F.S. Murdo McKenzie 5 Catherine McKenzie 5Notes on this Household.
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