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Demographic and BMD Statistics for Scotland in 1913, 1938 and 1963

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  • In 1913, the population of Scotland was estimated at 4.73 million, compared to 5.3 million in 2012.
  • In 1913, Glen Carron in the west highlands recorded 87.23 inches of rainfall and Lochbuieon on the Isle of Mull recorded 85.81 inches that year (the rainfall statistic is included here because the Registrar-General published basic climate data in his annual report).
  • Lanark county had the highest population at over 1.5 million, with the next largest county being Edinburgh at just over half a million.
  • There were 5 confirmed deaths of centenarians in 1913, compared to 389 in 2012.
  • There were 34 boys called Jack whereas 37 girls had Jack included in their forenames. By 2012, over 500 boys were called Jack, which proved to be the most popular boy's name in Scotland that year.
  • For girls, there were only 3 girls named Sophie born in 1913 compared to over 580 in 2012, which was the most popular girl's name that year.

The top 5 girls' names for 1913 births:
1. Mary – 7,259
2. Margaret – 6,506
3. Elizabeth – 4,655
4. Annie – 3,058
5. Agnes – 2,961

The top 5 boys' names for 1913 births:
1. John – 9,303
2. James – 8,408
3. William – 7,598
4. Robert – 4,396
5. Alexander – 3,739

1938

  • In 1938, according to the report issued by the Registrar General for Scotland, there were 38,747 marriages registered in Scotland, which was the highest recorded since civil registration had started in 1855.
  • The most popular age to marry at in 1938 was age 25 for both husbands and wives.
  • In 2012, 30,534 marriages were registered, which is more than 20% less than 1938.
  • For first marriages, the average age of grooms who were bachelors was 32.9 in 2012; the comparable figures for brides who were spinsters was 31.0.

1963

  • In 1963 the population was 5.2 million.
  • The expectation of life for males was that only 17.27% would live to age 55, 13.91% to age 60, 11.03% to age 65, 8.64% to age 70, 6.56% to age 75, 4.79% to age 80, 3.55% to age 85.
  • The expectation of life for females was that only 21.78% would live to age 55, 17.8% to age 60, 14.19% to age 65, 10.97% to age 70, 8.16% to age 75, 5.93% to age 80, 4.41% to age 85.
  • There were 23 verified centenarian deaths in 1963.
  • The expectation of life at age 65 had only risen by less than a year in 1963 compared to 1861-70 for males and by 2.5 years for females since the same date.

 

Famous Scots born in 1913

 

Famous marriages in Scotland in 1938

  • David Douglas Hamilton, son of the Duke of Hamilton married Miss Prunella Stack, leader of the League of Health and Beauty.
    20 October 1938, Glasgow Cathedral.
    http://www.britishpathe.com/video/prunella-stacks-wedding-glasgow/query/hamilton
  • Miss Louise Carnegie-Miller, Andrew Carnegie's granddaughter, married J. S. Gordon Thomson.
    1 August 1938, Dornoch.
    http://www.britishpathe.com/video/carnegie-wedding-scotland/query/andrew
  • Miss Janet Grant married Eric Roberts.
    1938, Edinburgh.
    Janet Roberts was the famous matriarch of the Glenfiddich whisky family.
  • Scott Duncan, former manager of Manchester United and Cowdenbeath, married Mary Macaulay.
    29 November 1938, Glasgow Sheriff Court.
  • Fraulein Vera Husing, a poetess, married Alfred Kaden, a lion tamer.
    5 January 1938, Glasgow. 
  • Paul Oskar Hennersdorf married Erzebet Racz.
    11 June 1938, Glasgow.
    The happy couple were midgets and were performing at the Empire Exhibition in Glasgow in 1938.

 


Famous Scots who died (in Scotland) in 1963

 

References
Source for the statistical information: National Records of Scotland.
Source for the biographical information: Wikipedia, The British Newspaper Archive, The Glasgow Herald and Pathe News.

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