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Parish life in eighteenth-century Scotland : a review of the Old Statistical Account

Author: Maisie Steven
Publisher: Aberdeen : Scottish Cultural Press, 1995.
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"In 1790 Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster sent an exhaustive questionnaire to every parish minister in Scotland, covering such diverse subjects as lifestyle, customs, industry, agriculture, geology and wildlife. His aim was to use the answers for the positive benefit of Scotland, showing up strengths as well as weaknesses and, by demonstrating to the government areas in which specific action was required, 'to add to the  Read more...
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Steven, Maisie.
Parish life in eighteenth-century Scotland.
Aberdeen : Scottish Cultural Press, 1995
(OCoLC)604099054
Named Person: John Sinclair, Sir
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maisie Steven
ISBN: 1898218285 9781898218289
OCLC Number: 36640103
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 180 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Maisie Steven ; foreword by Alasdair Steven.

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"In 1790 Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster sent an exhaustive questionnaire to every parish minister in Scotland, covering such diverse subjects as lifestyle, customs, industry, agriculture, geology and wildlife. His aim was to use the answers for the positive benefit of Scotland, showing up strengths as well as weaknesses and, by demonstrating to the government areas in which specific action was required, 'to add to the quantum of happiness' in the country. The results were gathered together and published as the Old Statistical Account, a massive 20-volume work." "A selection from the wealth of sociological information contained in the OSA is presented here in a lively and accessible form, with extensive quotation from all parts of the country. It is a remarkable and unique insight into the lives of Scottish people from very diverse parishes - urban and rural, rich and poor, highland and lowland. The original questionnaire is included in facsimile as an appendix." "This book is an essential resource for those studying social history and will be of immense interest to all those wishing to learn more of Scotland in earlier times."--BOOK JACKET.

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