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Census data unearths famous names
Rangers manager Alex McLeish
Rangers manager Alex McLeish's name appeared once
Rangers fans who believe there is only one Alex McLeish have had their belief confirmed by newly-released data from more than 140 years ago.

Information from the 1861 census has been made available for the first time on the ScotlandsPeople website.

The Rangers manager's name appeared only once, while Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood's name cropped up 48 times.

Daniel Craig - unveiled as the new James Bond - appeared 22 times but 007 Bond only featured on 003 occasions.

The name of former Hearts manager George Burley, who parted ways with the club at the weekend, cropped up five times in the census.

People worldwide are taking an interest in Scotland's genealogy, on both professional and personal levels
George Lyon
Deputy Finance Minister

Turning to politics, a search for Jack McConnell's name turned up 56 'first ministers', while Parliamentary Business Minister Margaret Curran's namesakes featured 13 times.

Almost 8,000 Scottish families were living in single rooms without a window, the data showed.

However, in Edinburgh 6.6% of families lived in homes with 10 rooms or more, compared to 3% in Aberdeen and 1.6% in Glasgow.

The addition of the census details have added almost three million records to the ScotlandsPeople site, the official government source for the country's genealogical data.

Sean Connery as James Bond
There were three James Bonds in Scotland in 1861

Raymond Evans of the General Register Office for Scotland said: "We are lucky that we can access such information and it's important that we preserve it for future generations."

Census records between 1901 and 1871 can also be accessed through the site, and more will be made available in the future.

Deputy Finance Minister George Lyon said: "Scotland is already a world leader in the amount of genealogical information available through the web, following our 3m commitment to digitise all birth, marriage and death registers as well as the Victorian censuses.

"This continuous development of this website is not only helping great numbers of people to get involved in genealogy - it is helping to promote Scotland on a global scale.

"People worldwide are taking an interest in Scotland's genealogy, on both professional and personal levels."


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