The Registrar General’s Annual Review, published last week by National Records of Scotland, paints a picture of Scotland in statistics and considers the impact of World War One on the whole country and on one family.
The Cowie Family from Turriff feature in the report which details information during and after the great war.
John and Elspet Cowie had seven children – six boys and one girl. John died fighting during WW1, as did three of his sons. One son died in childhood, another was gassed, spent time in hospital but survived, and the final son was excused military service until 1917 because three of his brothers had died in active service.
Introducing the report Registrar General Tim Ellis said
This 159th edition of the Registrar General’s Annual Review continues the important task of bringing together relevant and up-to-date information on Scotland’s people and places.
It will support the work of service providers and policy makers across the country, as well as providing a rich and accessible source of key statistics for all those interested in Scotland.
One of the great advantages of an annual report that has been produced consistently for over 150 years is that we can make comparisons over long timescales.
I am pleased that this edition of the Annual Review recognises the significance of 2014 as the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, by providing additional information from the extensive NRS archives and examining the effect of the War on Scotland.
It’s clear from the information included in this report that the impact of the War was profound, widespread and long lasting. The story of the Cowie family, and the heavy losses they suffered during the War, illustrates the experience of many families in Scotland.
You can read more about the Cowie family in the full report http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/files2/stats/annual-review-2013/rgar-2013.pdf.