Merchant & Royal Navy
1861–1871
FreeCEN Projects

Welcome to the Merchant & Royal Navy Free Census Project. We have completed the transcription of the 1861 & 1871 Merchant & Royal Navy census of Scotland as part of the UK Free Census Project (aka FreeCEN).

A big thank-you to previous Coordinator Michelle Jeffery and her team who have done most of the transcriptions: they are now online.

if you have any queries about our Scottish Shipping transcriptions for these years, please contact me Rena Mitchell.

Last update: 18 Jun 2018

1861 Merchant & Royal Navy

Piece no. Division Transcribed Checked Validated Online
Royal Navy 998 Yes Michelle Jeffery Yes Yes
Merchant Navy 999 North Yes Michelle Jeffery Yes Yes
South Yes Tandy Muir-Warden Rena Mitchell Yes
Total records 5,177 *
Completed 5,177
100%

* 5,327 including un-named people

1871 Merchant & Royal Navy

Division Transcribed Checked Validated Online
Royal Navy — 998
12 Navy Ships Tandy Muir-Warden Michelle Jeffery Yes Yes
Merchant Navy — 999
English Ports Ron Tapp Brenda Pollock Rena Mitchell Yes
Foreign Ports Brandy B-Tarantino Tandy Muir-Warden Rena Mitchell Yes
Foreign Ports Brandy B-Tarantino Brenda Pollock Rena Mitchell Yes
Ayr to Wigtown Mary Tonner Brenda Pollock Rena Mitchell Yes
Kincardine to Renfrew Tandy Muir-Warden Brenda Pollock Rena Mitchell Yes
Shetland to Aberdeen Brandy B-Tarantino Michelle Jeffery Yes Yes
Total records (est.) 14,749
Completed 14,749 14,749
100% 100%

Abbreviations for Rank or Rating

2E
Second Engineer
2M
Second Mate
3M
Third Mate
A
Apprentice
AB
Able Seaman
Boatn
Boatswain (bo’sun)
Btmn
Boatman
C
Captain
C/Boy
Cabin Boy
Cadet
Apprentice
Cap.
Captain
Carp.
Carpenter
Cf M
Chief Mate
Ck
Cook
Cr
Carpenter
E
Engineer
EDH
Efficient Deck Hand
F
Fireman (Stoker)
F. Castle
Forecastle (fo’c’sle)
M
Mate
Master
Captain
OS
Ordinary Seaman
P
Purser
P/Boy
Pantry Boy
R.N.
Royal Navy
R.M.
Royal Marine(s)
S
Seaman
Sl Mr
Sail Maker
Trim
Trimmer (Cargo Packer)