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Data sets

Data sets

The primary data for this project are the registrations of deaths in Kilmarnock, Skye, Torthorwald and Rothiemay for 1861-1901, collected during the course of the Demography of Victorian Scotland project. Due to its primary focus, the demographic project did not encompass a detailed examination of the social context of cause of death certification, and only collected data on whether each death had been medically certified or not. As part of the current project the name and any noted qualifications of the doctor who had been called upon to certify the cause of death have now been added to the data files. In combination with the linked census and civil registration certificates of birth, death and marriage collected and linked by the Demography of Victorian Scotland project these data make a rich resource, providing social, economic and demographic information for the study of doctors and their patients in the nineteenth century.

Further, a relational database containing biographical information about the doctors, based on details collected from contemporary medical directories, has been created. This includes information on doctor's addresses, dates and places of their qualifications, any positions they held, and lists books or papers which they may have published.