Merchant & Royal Navy
1861–1871
FreeCEN Projects

Welcome to the Merchant & Royal Navy Free Census Project. This project is dedicated to the transcription of the 1861 & 1871 Merchant & Royal Navy census of Scotland as part of the UK Free Census Project (aka FreeCEN).

For more information on this project and how to get involved, please read the Project FAQ. For more information about becoming a transcriber or “verifier” for any of the parishes listed below, please contact me, Michelle Jeffery.

Last update: in progress (10/06/14)

1861 Merchant & Royal Navy

Assigned Transcribed Checked Validated Uploaded
Merchant Navy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Royal Navy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

1871 Merchant & Royal Navy

Assigned Transcribed Checked Validated Uploaded
Merchant Navy
English Ports Yes
Foreign Ports Yes Yes Working
Foreign Ports Yes Yes Working
Ayr to Wigtown Yes
Kincardine to Renfrew Yes
Shetland to Aberdeen Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Royal Navy
12 Navy Ships Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Abbreviations for Rank or Rating

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