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The Fourth Statistical Account of East Lothian

Population

By parish, from the General Registrar's office
1931 684 341M 343F
1951 601 306M 295F
1961 484 248M 236F
1971 439 222M 217F
1981* 596 392M 204F
1991 275 149M 126F
2001 445 227M 218F
By Parish, from ELDC By settlement, from ELDC
1991 347  
1997 (est.) 406 218M 187F 172
2001 NO DATA NO DATA

* the rise in the male population figures in 1981 is explained by the Torness construction force.

Population figures are difficult to compare, as no two sources extract data in the same way.

This small rural parish could not sustain its natural increase and, in common with the rest of rural Scotland, young people - particularly male - went off to seek fame and fortune or at least a job elsewhere. This was not new, the most famous example being Alexander Sommerville, author of the Autobiography of a Working Man, nor was it only the sons of the poor. A few men who had come as a result of the war stayed - German prisoners, Polish soldiers, and some English - and some of the Irish workers settled. In more recent times others have come to live or retire from various places.

Dialect is certainly still spoken by most of the indigenous population, but who in most cases speak standard English when required.

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