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Isabella Donaldson Findlay
and Christina Paterson Muir
in the 1861 (7/8 Apr) Scotland Census

As taken at the Miss Parkinson and Miss Hood Boarding School for Ladies (Miss Parkinson and Miss Margaret Hood were recorded as Superintendents, while Miss Grace Hood was evidently on a lower rung as a Governess).

The young ladies themselves were predominantly from Scotland (though only Isabella and Christina from Glasgow), with a good sprinkling from Australia, England, India, Ireland and the West Indies. Miss Parkinson herself was from England, and one wonders as to the denomination of the local church to which the young ladies were doubtless escorted on Sunday mornings.

As also customary at that time, the census-taker's writing and spelling were atrocious, caveat lector.

Registration Number:685/1
Registration district:St George
Civil Parish:Edinburgh St Stephen
Address:4 Royal Circus
Household schedule number:28
Household Members:NameAge
Fanny Parkinson40
Margaret Hood35
Grace Hood37
Anna Brander22
Mary Downie14
Mary Ann McDonald15
Mary Ann Browns18
Annetta Browns15
Margaret Loot18
Anne Fairbairn19
Sarah Fairbairn14
Elizabeth Douglas15
Isabella Blyth16
Christina Muir19
Catherine Williamson16
Isabella Findlay16
Mary Bonar16
Margaret Millar15
Jone Mccorkell16
Anne Mccorkell14
Catherine Forman10
Margaret Purves10
Jessie Mcdonald23
Janet Mckenzie17
Jane Robertson26
Catherine Purvis24

As so often in the Findlay Connection, I'm deeply grateful to Jen Guerin for this material.