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An Act for taking an Account of the Population of Great Britain, and of the Increase or Diminution thereof.

[22 March 1811]

51 Geo. III c.6

Overseers of the Poor &c. to take Account of Number of Persons, &c. Whereas it is expedient to take an Account of the total Number of Persons within the kingdom of Great Britain, together with the progressive Increase or Diminution thereof from the Year One Thousand eight hundred to and for the Year One thousand eight hundred and ten: May it therefore please Your Majesty that it may be enacted; and be it enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That within that Part of Great Britain called England, the respective Overseers of the Poor, or some substantial Householder of every Parish, Township, and Place to be appointed as hereinafter mentioned, and within that Part of Great Britain called Scotland, such Persons as shall be for that Purpose appointed in the manner hereinafter mentioned, to act in and for every Parish and Place, shall, at the Time and in the Manner hereinafter directed, severally take an Account of the Number of Persons who shall be actually found at the time of taking such Accounts to be within the Limits of such Parishes, Townships, and Places respectively, and shall set down the several Particulars respecting the same, according to the Form prescribed in the Schedule annexed to this Act.
Printed Copies of Act, &c. transmitted by King's Printer to Clerks of the Peace &c.
Acts and Schedules to be distributed.
II. And, for the more speedy and effectual obtaining of such Accounts, be it further enacted, That a sufficient Number of printed Copies of this Act and of the Schedule thereto [annexed], shall, so soon as conveniently may be after the passing of this Act, be transmitted by His Majesty's Printer to the Clerks of the Peace and Town Clerks of the several and respective Counties, Ridings, Divisions, Precincts, Sokes, Franchises, Liberties, Cities, Boroughs, Towns and Counties Corporate in that part of Great Britain called England; and that the said several Clerks of the Peace and Town Clerks shall and they are hereby required, with all convenient Speed, to cause the said Act to be distributed amongst the Clerks of the Divisional Meetings within their respective Limits; and also to cause a sufficient Number of the Schedule to this Act annexed to be delivered to the High Constables, or where there are no High Constables, to such other proper Officers who have the Execution of Precepts from Justices of the Peace to inferior Officers within their respective Limits, at the Easter Quarter-Sessions of Peace in the Year One thousand eight hundred and eleven; and within that Part of Great Britain called Scotland, a sufficient Number of Printed Copies of this Act and of the Schedule thereto, shall in like manner be transmitted to the Sheriff Deputes, Stewart Deputes and Provosts of the Royal Burghs of Edinburgh and Glasgow, who shall cause a sufficient Number of the said Schedule to be delivered to such Persons and at such Times as are for that Purpose hereinafter mentioned.
High Constables to deliver the Schedules, to officiating Minister, Overseer, &c.
and to take an Account of the Number of Persons therein,

and prepare Answers to Questions.
Penalty.
III. And be it further enacted, That within that Part of Great Britain called England, the High Constables or other proper Officers so described as aforesaid, within their respective Jurisdictions aforesaid, shall, at the said Easter Quarter-Sessions of the Peace in the Year One thousand eight hundred and eleven, pursuant to the Directions aforesaid, receive from the Clerks of the Peace or Town Clerks, the said printed Schedules, and forthwith deliver or cause to be delivered One such Schedule to the Rector, Vicar, Curate, or other officiating Minister, and One other such Schedule to One of the Overseers of the Poor of every Parish, Township, or Place, as well within Towns Corporate as without, in their respective Limits, and also One such Schedule to the Overseer or Overseers of every Extra-parochial Place within the said Limits; or instead thereof to some One substantial Householder residing within the said Parish, Township, or Extra-parochial Place; and well acquainted therewith, if he shall be directed so to do by any Justice of the Peace within the District; and thereupon the said Overseers or substantial Householders as aforesaid, taking to their Assistance the Churchwardens or Chapelwardens, Sidesmen, Parish Clerk, and Vestry Clerk (if any), and employing, if they shall think fit, the Constables, Tythingmen, Headboroughs, or other Peace Officers, for such Parishes, Townships, or Places, (such several Persons being hereby required to be aiding and assisting therein for that Purpose) shall, upon the Twenty seventh Day of May in the Year One thousand eight hundred and eleven, proceed to take an Account in Writing of the Number of Persons at that Time being within the Limits of such Parishes, Townships, and Places, respectively, and inform themselves of the several Particulars relating to the Matters specified in the Six first Questions in the said Schedule, by proceeding together or separately from House to House, or otherwise, as they shall judge expedient for the better Execution of this Act, and from such Information shall prepare an Answer or Return to the said Questions, according to the Form prescribed in the said Schedule, and shall sign the same with their Names and respective Additions, as such Overseers or substantial Householders as aforesaid; and the better to enable the said Overseers or substantial Householders as aforesaid, to make such Answers and Returns, they, and the Persons so assisting them as aforesaid, are hereby authorized and empowered to ask all such Questions of the Persons within the said Parish, Township, or Place, respecting themselves and the Number and Quality of the Persons constituting their respective Families, as shall be necessary for stating the Particulars required to be stated concerning them, in the said Answers and Returns; and every such Person refusing to answer, or wilfully giving a false Answer to such Questions, or any of them, shall, for every such Refusal or false Answer, forfeit a Sum not exceeding Five Pounds, nor less than Forty Shillings, at the Discretion of the Justice or Justices before whom the Complaint thereof shall be made.
Officiating Ministers to transmit Answers to Questions relative to Baptisms, &c. to the Bishop.
Transmitted to Archbishop. Laid before Privy Council. Abstract laid before Parliament.
IV. And be it further enacted, That every Rector, Vicar, Curate, or other Officiating Minister of every Parish, Township, or Place, (Extra-parochial or otherwise), in England, including Free Chapels, Donatives and Peculiars, to whom such Schedule shall have been delivered as aforesaid, shall forthwith prepare an Answer or Return to the Questions relative to Baptisms, Burials and Marriages in the said Schedule set forth, and shall, on or before the Twentieth Day of June One thousand eight hundred and eleven, duly transmit such Answer or Return to the Bishop, within the Limits of whose Diocese the said Township, Parish, or Place, is situate; and the several Bishops shall, on or before the Tenth Day of July One thousand eight hundred and eleven, transmit the same to the Archbishops of their respective Provinces, and thereupon the said Archbishops shall, on or before the First Day of August One thousand eight hundred and eleven, cause the same to be laid before His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, who shall cause an Abstract thereof to be prepared and laid before both Houses of Parliament, within Three Months after the said First Day of August, or if Parliament shall not then be sitting, within the First Fourteen days of the Session next ensuing.
Justices to appoint a Time and Place for Overseers &c. to attend with Returns and Answers.
Notice.
Overseers, &c. to deliver Returns upon Oath.
V. And be it further enacted, That the Justices of the Peace, or any Two or more of them, within their respective Jurisdictions in England, shall, at, or so soon as conveniently may be after, the said Easter Quarter-Sessions in the Year One thousand eight hundred and eleven, appoint a Time and Place, or Times and Places, (which Time shall be not sooner than the Twenty Fourth Day of June, nor later than the Twentieth Day of July, in the Year One thousand eight hundred and eleven, and may be at the Midsummer Quarter-Session if they shall think fit), for the Overseers of the Poor of the several Parishes, Townships, and Places, within their respective Divisions or Limits, or for such substantial Householders as aforesaid, as the Case may be, to attend them for the Purpose of this Act, with Returns and Answers to the said Six first Questions stated in the Schedule to this Act annexed, and cause Notice of such Time and Place to be given to such Overseers and Householders respectively, according to the Form in the Schedule to this Act, and also to the High Constables, or where there are no High Constables, to such other proper Officers as aforesaid; and thereupon the said Overseers or substantial Householders as aforesaid, or some One of them, in and for every such Parish, Township, or Place, shall and they are hereby required to attend the Justices of the Peace at such Meeting or Meetings respectively, and then and there deliver to the said Justices, in Writing, signed by himself or themselves, a just and true Answer and Return to the said Questions, upon Oath, (or being of the People called Quakers, on Affirmation), as hereinafter directed, and the said High-Constables, or other proper Officers so described as aforesaid, shall, and they are hereby required to attend the said respective Meetings for the Purposes hereinafter directed.
Justices to receive Answers &c.; to administer Oath. Power to examine Overseers &c.; to adjourn Meetings; to deliver Answers, &c. to High Constables, indorse Returns, and transmit to Clerks of the Peace, &c. VI. And be it further enacted, That the said Justices of the Peace shall and they are hereby required to receive and take, at such Meetings so to be appointed by them as aforesaid, the Answers and Returns to be made pursuant to the Directions aforesaid, and then and there to administer to the said Overseers or substantial Householders respectively, the Oath or Affirmation contained in the said Schedule; and (if they see Cause) to examine such Overseers and Householders upon Oath or Affirmation, touching any of the Matters contained in such Questions and Answers, and, if necessary, to adjourn the said Meetings to any Time or Times, not later than the said Twentieth Day of July, and to any Place or Places, in order that the said Returns may be rendered more complete or satisfactory; and shall then deliver such Answers and Returns to the respective High Constables, or other proper Officers as aforesaid, who shall thereupon indorse on each of such Returns the Name of the County, and also of the Riding, Division, Rape, Wapentake, Lathe, Precinct, Soke, Franchise, Liberty, City, Borough, Town, or County Corporate, wherein the Parish, Township, or Place therein mentioned, is situate, and shall deliver or transmit such Returns, together with a true and perfect List of every Parish, Township and Place, and also of the Overseers and Householders aforesaid, to whom such Schedule shall have been delivered as aforesaid, to the several Clerks of the Peace and Town Clerks for the Jurisdiction in which the said Justices are authorized to act, at their respective Offices, on or before the Twenty seventh Day of July One thousand eight hundred and eleven.
Sheriff Deputes &c. in Scotland, to appoint Schoolmasters, &c. to take Account. Sheriff's Officers, &c. to deliver Schedules to Persons so appointed, who shall take Account of Number of Persons, &c. and prepare Answers to Questions. VII. And be it further enacted, That within that Part of Great Britain called Scotland, the Sheriff Deputes and Stewart Deputes, or their Substitutes, in their respective Counties and Stewartries, shall nominate and appoint, in Writing under the Hand of their respective Clerks, the Schoolmaster, or other Person or Persons, in each Parish or Place, to take account of the several Matters required by this Act; and the Sheriff's Officers, Stewart's Officers and Town Officers respectively, are required forthwith to deliver the said Schedule to the Schoolmaster, Person or Persons so appointed; and on the said Twenty seventh Day of May One thousand eight hundred and eleven, the Schoolmaster, Person or Persons so appointed, shall proceed to take Account of the Number of Persons at that Time within the Limits of their respective Parishes and Places, and inform themselves of the several Particulars relating to all the Matters specified in the said Schedule, by proceeding from House to House, or otherwise as they shall judge expedient, for the better Execution of this Act, and from such Information as aforesaid shall prepare an Answer or Return to all the said Questions, according to the Form prescribed in the said Schedule, and shall then exhibit the same to the Minister of the Parish for his Correction and Approbation, and for any Observations which he may think fit to write thereupon; and the several Schoolmasters and other Persons appointed shall sign the same with their Names and ordinary Designations; and the better to enable them to make such Answers and Returns as aforesaid, they are hereby authorized and empowered to ask all such Questions of the Persons within their respective Parishes, respecting themselves and the Number and Quality of the Persons constituting their respective Families, as shall be necessary for stating the Particulars required to be stated concerning them, in the said Answers and Returns; and every such Person refusing to answer, or wilfully giving a false Answer to such Questions, or any of them, shall, for every such Refusal or false Answer, forfeit a Sum not exceeding Five Pounds, nor less than Forty Shillings, at the Discretion of the Justice or Justices before whom the Complaint thereof shall be made.
Sheriff Deputes, &c. to appoint a Time for Schoolmasters, &c. to attend with Returns, &c. Sheriff, &c. to same upon receive upon Oath; to examine upon Oath, and cause Return to be indorsed; may direct Returns and Answers to be verified upon Oath before Justice of the Peace. VIII. And be it further enacted, That the Sheriff Deputes or Stewart Deputes, or their Substitutes, for Scotland, and the Provosts of the Royal Burghs of Edinburgh and Glasgow, within their respective Jurisdictions, shall appoint a Time or Times, which shall not be sooner than the First Day of June, nor later than the last Day of June, in the Year One thousand eight hundred and eleven, for the Schoolmaster, Person or Persons appointed by them as aforesaid, to attend at their Offices, or at other Places as they shall appoint, with the Returns and Answers to the all the Questions stated in the Schedule to this Act; and the said Sheriff Deputes, Stewart Deputes or their Substitutes, and Provosts, shall cause Notice to be given to them respectively, for that Purpose accordingly; and shall then and there receive the Answers and Returns to be made as aforesaid, and administer the Oath contained in the said Schedule to the Schoolmaster, Person or Persons appointed to make such Returns as aforesaid; and such Sheriff Deputes, Stewart Deputes or their Substitutes, and Provosts aforesaid, if they see Cause, may examine the said Schoolmaster, Person or Persons, upon Oath, touching any of the Matters contained in such Questions and Answers, and shall thereafter direct their respective Clerks to indorse the same, with the Name of the County or Stewartry, or District thereof, wherein the Parish or Place therein mentioned is situated, or otherwise, in Cases where the said Sheriff Deputes, Stewart Deputes or their Substitutes shall think proper, they shall direct the Schoolmasters and other Persons aforesaid, to verify the said Returns and Answers on Oath, before any Justice of the Peace within the County or Stewartry, and thereafter to transmit the Schedule, previous to the said last Day of June, in any convenient manner to the said Sheriff Deputes, Stewart Deputes, or their Substitutes, who shall direct the same to be indorsed as aforesaid.
Accounts taken throughout G.B. for preparing Answers &c. preserved by Churchwardens, &c.; and delivered over to Successors. Clerks of the Peace, &c. and Sheriff Deputes, &c. to transmit Returns to Secretary of State.
Abstract laid before parliament.
IX. And be it further enacted, That the several Accounts so taken in Writing by the Overseers and Schoolmasters, or other Persons so appointed as aforesaid, in every Parish, Township, or Place within Great Britain, for the Purpose of preparing the aforesaid Answers and Returns, shall be safely kept and preserved by the Churchwardens or Chapelwardens, in England, and by the Schoolmasters or other Persons appointed as aforesaid in Scotland, for the time being, of the several Parishes, Townships, or Places to which the same relate, and shall be delivered over by them to their Successors in Office respectively; and that said Clerks of the Peace and Town Clerks throughout that Part of Great Britain called England, and the Sheriff Deputes, Stewart Deputes or their Substitutes, and Provosts in Scotland, shall, on or before the First Day of August One thousand eight hundred and eleven, transmit, with all convenient Speed, such Answers and Returns as they shall have received in Manner aforesaid (together with a List of Parishes, Townships, and Places within their respective Counties, Stewartries, Ridings or Divisions, from whence no Returns have been made to them) to the Office of His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department; and that the same shall be digested and reduced into Order by such Officer as such Secretary of State shall appoint for the Purpose; and that an Abstract thereof shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament, within Three Months after the said First Day of August, or if Parliament shall not be then sitting, within the First Fourteen Days of the Session next ensuing.
Allowance for Trouble and Expenses. X. And be it further enacted, That there shall be paid and allowed for the Trouble and Expenses of the several Persons employed in the Transactions aforesaid, for every Return which shall be so made and transmitted to the Clerks of the Peace and Town Clerks respectively, pursuant to the Directions aforesaid, the Sums following; videlicet, To the Clerk of the Peace or Town Clerk, for the Return which shall be made from every such Parish, Township, or Place in England, the Sum of One Shilling; to the High Constable or other proper Officer, in England, for the like, the Sum of One Shilling and Six Pence; to the Clerks of the Justices of the Peace throughout England, for the like, the Sum of One Shilling; and that the Justices of the Peace in England, at their respective Midsummer Quarter-Sessions, or at the Michaelmas Quarter-Sessions following, in the Year One thousand eight hundred and eleven, shall and they are hereby required to make an Order upon their respective Treasurers, to pay the same out of the Rates to be made and collected for the respective Counties, Ridings, Divisions, Precincts, Sokes, Franchises, Liberties, Cities, and Counties Corporate, or shall cause the same to be paid out of the Poor Rates of and for such Counties Corporate, or Places as have no County Rates; and also that the said Justices in England at their said Midsummer Quarter-Sessions or at the Michaelmas Quarter-Sessions following, may and they are hereby required to allow to the several Overseers, Householders, Parish Clerks or Vestry Clerks, in England, a reasonable Compensation for the Trouble necessarily taken, and also for the Expences (if any) by them necessarily incurred in the Execution of this Act, and shall order Payment thereof to be made out of the Poors Rate of the several Parishes, Townships or Places respectively, and shall thereafter allow the same in the Annual Accounts of the several Overseers of the Poor.
In Scotland from the Land Tax. XI. And be it further enacted, That the Sheriff Deputes, Stewart Deputes or their Substitutes, and Provosts of the Royal Burghs of Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, may and they are hereby required to allow to the Sheriff Clerks or Town Clerks respectively, for the Return which shall be made and transmitted from every Parish and Place in Scotland, the Sum of One Shilling; and to the Sheriff's Officer or Town Officer, who shall distribute the Schedule to the Schoolmasters and others, for the like, the sum of Two Shillings and Six Pence; and the said Sheriff Deputes, Steward Deputes or their Substitutes, and Provosts, may and they are hereby required to allow to the Schoolmasters and others a reasonable Compensation for the Trouble by them necessarily taken, and also for the Expences (if any) by them necessarily incurred in the Execution of this Act, and to order Payment thereof, and also of the Sums respectively payable to the Sheriff's Clerk, Stewart's Clerk or Town Clerk, and to the Sheriffs' Officer or Town Officer, to be made by the Collector of the Land Tax of and for the Shire, Stewartry or other Place, (as the case shall require) out of any Money in his Hands; and such Collector shall and is hereby authorized to pay the same accordingly.
Clerks of the Peace, &c. making Default.
Penalty.
Other persons appointed.
XII. And be it further enacted, That every such Clerk of the Peace, Town Clerk, High Constable, Constable, Tythingman, Headborough, or other such Officer as aforesaid, and also every such Churchwarden, Chapelwarden, Sidesman, Parish Clerk, Vestry Clerk, Overseer of the Poor, Householder, Schoolmaster or other Person so appointed as aforesaid, making wilful Default in any of the Matters required of them respectively by this Act, shall, for every such wilful Default, forfeit a Sum not exceeding Five Pounds nor less than Forty Shillings, at the Discretion of the Justice or Justices before whom Complaint thereof shall be made: And in case any of the before mentioned Officers and other Persons shall have so made Default, or shall have omitted to attend with or respecting the Answers and Returns at the appointed Time, the said Justices in England, and Sheriff Deputes, Stewart Deputes or their Substitutes, and Provosts, in Scotland, may, and they are hereby required forthwith to nominate and appoint some other Person or Persons in their Stead, to execute the Provisions of this Act; and the Person or Persons so nominated and appointed shall, instead of the Officer or Person so making Default, or omitting to attend as aforesaid, be entitled to receive the Fees or Compensation hereinbefore mentioned; and shall also be liable to the same Penalty in case of making wilful Default.
Recovery and Application of Penalties. XIII. And be it further enacted, That the several Forfeitures and Penalties inflicted by this Act shall, if not immediately paid, be levied by Distress and Sales of the Offender's Goods and Chattels, by virtue of a Warrant under the Hand and Seal of any Justice of the Peace having Jurisdiction where such Offender shall dwell, rendering to the said Offender the Overplus (if any) after the Charge of such Distress and Sale shall be deducted; and in case sufficient Distress shall not be found, then it shall be lawful for such Justice to commit such Offender to the Common Gaol, there to remain without Bail or Mainprize for a Term not exceeding Three Calendar Months, unless the said Forfeiture and Charges shall be sooner paid; and the said Forfeitures, when recovered in England, shall be paid, One Half to the Informer, and the other Half to the said respective Treasurers, to be applied in Aid of the Rates aforesaid; and any Person shall be deemed a competent Witness for the Execution of any of the Purposes of this Act, notwithstanding his paying or being liable to pay towards such Poor Rates or County Rates; and in case the said Forfeitures shall be recovered in Scotland, they shall be paid, One Half to the Informer, and the other Half to the Collector of the Land Tax of such County or Stewartry, wherein the said Default shall be committed, to be by him applied in Aid of the Expenditure incurred by reason of this Act.

SCHEDULE

QUESTIONS to which, by Directions of an Act passed in the Fifty-first Year of the Reign of His Majesty King George the Third, intituled, An Act for taking an Account of the Population of Great Britain, and of the Increase or Decrease thereof, written Answers are to be returned by the Rector, Vicar, Curate or Officiating Minister, and Overseers of the Poor, or by some substantial Householder, of every Parish, Township, and Place (including those Places also which are Extra-parochial) in England; and by the Schoolmasters or other Persons to be appointed under the said Act for every Parish in Scotland; signed by them respectively, and attested upon Oath or Affirmation by the said Overseers, or by such other substantial Householders as aforesaid, in England, and by the Schoolmasters or other such Persons as aforesaid in Scotland.

Questions addressed to the Overseers in England; and to the Schoolmasters in Scotland: Who are respectively required to take an Account of the Resident Population by proceeding from House to House on the Twenty seventh Day of May One thousand eight hundred and eleven, and on the Days immediately subsequent thereto, if one Day shall not be sufficient; and they are also required to specify in Writing the Name of the Parish or Place in the Schedule, and whether it be usually called a Parish, Township, Tything, Quarter, or by what other Denomination.

1st. How many Inhabited Houses are their in your Parish, Township, or Place; and by how many Families are they occupied?

2d. How many Houses are now building, and therefore not yet inhabited?

3d. How many other Houses are uninhabited?

4th What Number of Families in your Parish, Township, or Place, are chiefly employed in and maintained by Agriculture; how many Families are chiefly employed in and maintained by Trade, Manufacture or Handicraft; and, how many are not comprized in either of the Two preceding Classes?

N.B. The total Number of Families in answer to this Question must correspond with the Number of Families in answer to the 1st Question.

5th. How many persons (including Children of whatever Age) are there actually found within the Limits of your Parish, Township, or Place, at the time of taking this Account, distinguishing Males and Females, and exclusive of Men actually serving in His Majesty's Regular Forces, in the Old Militia, or in any Embodied Local Militia, and exclusive of Seamen either in His Majesty's Service, or belonging to Registered Vessels?

6th. Referring to the Number of Persons in 1801, To what Cause do you attribute any remarkable Difference in the Number at Present.

7th Are there any Matters, which you may think it necessary to remark, in Explanation of your Answers to any of the preceding Questions?

Questions addressed to the Officiating Minister in England, by whom a Return is to be made to the Bishop on or before the Twentieth Day of June One thousand eight hundred and eleven.

1st. What was the Number of Baptisms and Burials in your Parish, Township, or Place, in the several Years, 1801, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10; distinguishing Males from Females?

2d. What has been the Number of Marriages in your Parish, Township, or Place, in the several Years 1801, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10?

3d. Are there any Matters which you think it necessary to remark, in Explanation of your Answers to either of the preceding Questions? Especially whether any and what annual Average Number of Baptisms, Burials and Marriages, may, in your Opinion, take place in your Parish, without being entered in the Parish Register?


Form of Answers by the Overseers, &c. in England, and Schoolmasters, &c. in Scotland, to the Questions contained in the Schedule to an Act, 51 Geo. III. intituled, An Act for taking an Account of the Population of Great Britain, and of the Increase of Diminution thereof.

Name and Description of Parish, &c. Question Ist. Question 2d. Question 3d. Question 4th.
OCCUPATIONS.
Question 5th.
Persons, including children, of whatever age.
Inhabited houses. By how many Families occupied. Houses now building. Other Houses uninhabited. Families chiefly employed in Agriculture. Families chiefly employed in Trade, Manufactures, and Handicraft. All other Families not comprized in the Two preceding Classes. Males. Females. Total of Persons.
                     

N.B. If any Family occupies Two or More Houses in different Parishes, Townships or Places, the Individuals belonging to such Family are to be numbered only in those Parishes, Townships or Places, where they severally happen to be at the Time of taking the Account.

6th Question. Referring to the Number of Persons in 1801, To what Cause do you attribute any remarkable Difference in the Number at present?

7th Question. Are there any other Matters which you may think it necessary to remark, in explanation of your Answers to any of the preceding Questions?

ATTESTATION on Oath [or, Affirmation] by the Overseers of substantial Householders in England, and by the Schoolmasters in Scotland.

I, A.B. One of the Overseers, Schoolmaster [or, a substantial Householder] of the Parish, Township, &c. of                  in the County of                  do swear [or, affirm] That the above Returns contains, to the best of my Knowledge and Belief, a full and true Answer to the Questions contained in the Schedule to an Act, intitled An Act for taking an Account of the Population of Great Britain, and of the Increase of Diminution thereof.

The above-mentioned A.B. was sworn [or, affirmed] (in England) before us, the Justices of the Peace in and for the                  of                  this Day of                  C.D. and E.F.
                                  (in Scotland) before me the Sheriff Depute of the                  of                  this Day of                  G.H.

FORM of Answers by the CLERGYMEN in ENGLAND to the Questions contained in the contained in the Schedule to an Act, 51 Geo. III. intituled, An Act for taking an Account of the Population of Great Britain, and of the Increase of Diminution thereof.

Diocese of                   and County &c.                  Deanery, or Jurisdiction, &c.             City, Town, &c.                   Parish or Chapelry, &c.
QUESTION 1st. QUESTION 2d.
YEARS. BAPTISMS. BURIALS. YEARS. NUMBER OF MARRIAGES.
Males. Females. Males. Females.
1801         1801  
1802         1802  
1803         1803  
1804         1804  
1805         1805  
1806         1806  
1807         1807  
1808         1808  
1809         1809  
1810         1810  

REMARKS in Explanation of the Matters stated in Answer to the several Questions.

1st. Question.

2d. Question.

3d Question. Annual Average Number of unentered Baptisms, Burials, Marriages.
(Here assign Reason of Non-entry

CERTIFICATE of the CLERGYMEN

I, A. B. [Rector, Vicar, Curate, or Officiating Minister,] of the Parish, Chapelry, &c., of               in the County of               do certify, That the above Return contains, to the best of my Knowledge and Belief, a full and true Answer to the several Questions contained in the Schedule to an Act, intituled An Act for taking an Account of the Population of Great Britain, and of the Increase or Diminution thereof.                             A. B.
Witness C. D. One of the Overseers [or substantial Householder] of the Parish of               this               Day of             


II.

FORM of the PRECEPT for giving Notice to High Constables and Householders, in England, of the Time and Place appointed by Justices of the Peace for taking the Answers and Returns under this Act.

The Country &c., to wit. To the Constable, [Tythingman, or Headborough] of               in the said County.

YOU are hereby required, with all convenient Speed, to give or cause to be given Notice to the High Constable of the Hundred of                       and to the Overseers of the Poor of every Parish, Township, or Place, within the said Hundred; and if there is no Overseer therein, then to some substantial Householder therein; that they are severally required to appear at               on the               Day of               next, at the Hour of               in the Forenoon, before such of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace as shall be then and there assembled, and that the said Overseers or Householders as aforesaid, or some One of them, for every such Parish, Township, or Place, are then and there to deliver upon Oath or Affirmation, a just and true Account, in Writing, signed by themselves, containing an Answer to the several Questions propounded in the Schedule to an Act, intituled An Act for taking an Account of the Population of Great Britain, and of the Increase or Diminution thereof. Given under my Hand [or our Hands] this          Day of                  in the Year One Thousand eight hundred and


III.

FORM of the OATH or AFFIRMATION to the Return.

You shall swear [or affirm] that the Answers and Return now made by you to the several Questions contained in the Schedule annexed to an Act, intituled An Act for taking an Account of the Population of Great Britain, and of the Increase or Diminution thereof, is a full and true Answer to the said Questions, to the best of your Knowledge and Belief.


IV.

FORM of INDORSEMENT by the High Constables in England, and by the Sheriff's Clerk or Town Clerk in Scotland.

County or Stewartry of
Riding, Division, or District of
Hundred, Rape, Wapentake, Lathe, Precinct, Soke, Franchise, or Liberty, of
City, Borough, Town, or County Corporate, of
Parish, Township, &c., of