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1841 Census of Reiff, Parish of Lochbroom, Ross & Cromarty

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.

Camusglassellan

1 | 2

Reiff

3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11
12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20

Faochag

21 | 22


Starts on page 5

Camusglassellan 41-1

Murdo McLeod            60       Crofter
Malcolm McLeod          20       Fisher
Rodk. McLeod            10
Catherine McLeod            50
Janet McLeod                20
Mary McLeod                 15
Notes on this Household.
Camusglassellan 41-2

Murdo McLeod            60       Crofter
Norman McLeod           20       Fisher
Murdo McLeod            10
Kate McLeod                60
Betsy McLeod               20
Flory McLeod               15
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-3

Dond. McLean            40       Fisher & Crofter
Rodk. McLean             5
Jno. McLean              3
Margt McLean               35
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-4

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.
Reiff 41-5

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.
Reiff 41-6

Alex McLeod             55       Fisher & Crofter
Dond. McLeod            10
Alex McLeod              5
Rodk. McLeod             5
Ann McLeod                 50
Margt. McLeod              10
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-7

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.
Reiff 41-8

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                   2
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-9

Hugh Ross               40       Fisher & Crofter
Janet Ross                 30
Ann Ross                    2
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-10

Murdo Urquhart          50       Fisher & Crofter
Jno. Urquhart           13
Dond. Urquhart           8
Ann Urquhart               50
Ann Urquhart               15
Henny Urquhart              5
Mary Urquhart              10
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-11

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                   5
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-12

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.
Reiff 41-13

Jno McLeod              55       Cotter
Angus McLeod             9
Isabella McLeod            40
Isabella McLeod            15
Peggy McLeod               10
Doliena McLeod              8
Alex McLeod              5
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-14

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.
Reiff 41-15

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              5
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-16

Chirsty McLeod             60
Catherine McLean           30
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-17

Dond. McLeod            65       Farmer
Alex McLeod             30       Fisher
Isabella McLeod            45
Ann McLeod                 20
Janet McLeod               15
Margt. McLeod              12
Mary McLeod                 9
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-18

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.
Reiff 41-19

Jno McLenan             60       Crofter & Fisher
Alex McLenan            20       Fisher
Kth McLenan             15
Isabella McLenan           50
Catherine McLenan          25
Mary McLenan               20
Notes on this Household.
Reiff 41-20

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.
Faochag 41-21

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.
Faochag 41-22

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          5
Notes on this Household.