Statistical Account of Maybole
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MAYBOLE MORSELS
(some miscellaneous transcriptions from the archives found in Maybole Town Hall
inc. the Kirkoswald Assessment Roll 1849)

© Ayrshire Archives & South Ayrshire Libraries 1997
Transcribed by Gordon Killicoat
Edited by Dave Killicoat
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StatiÉtical Account of Maybole

By the Rev. Dr JAMES WRIGHT

Population.____ In the country part of this parifh, befides those in the town, there are about 1700 examinable perfons. Within the laft 20 years, the population of the parifh has increafed by about 300 fouls. Among this numerous body of people, confifting of 2500 perfons, at and above the age of eight years, there are only three Seceders, two women and one man; and even thefe came but lately into the parifh. The return to Dr Webfter being only 2058 fouls, it follows, that the population has increafed about 1000 fince 1755, there being now about 3000 fouls in the parifh.

Year

Births

Deaths

Marriages

1784

Males

41

Females

29

Total

70

57

27

1785

Males

35

Females

41

Total

76

59

17

1786

Males

38

Females

34

Total

72

45

24

1787

Males

34

Female

32

Total

66

51

19

1788

Males

39

Females

33

Total

72

48

29

1789

Males

40

Females

31

Total

71

55

17

1790

Males

34

Females

30

Total

64

55

16

Poor.____ The number of the poor in the parifh of Maybole is very confiderable, arifing partly from the great number of the inhabitants, and partly from the great influx of vagrants, paricularly from Ireland. It may be faid, that in this parifh the poor maintain the poor. Few of the principal heritors refide in the parifh; and nothing is given by them, in the way of donation, to the poor, who are maintained wholly by the collections made at the church door, upon Sunday. For that reafon, though the contributions are very liberal, confidering the fmall fortunes of the perfons by whom they are given, the poor of this parifh do not receive even one half of what they would require.

(The above extract is part of the description of the Parish of Maybole given in "The Statistical Account of Scotland 1791 - 1799", Vol. VI Ayrshire, edited by Sir John Sinclair.)

 

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