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Famine in Scotland - the 'Ill Years' of the 1690s$
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Karen J. Cullen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638871

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638871.001.0001

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Famine: The Demographic Disaster

Famine: The Demographic Disaster

(p.123) Chapter Five Famine: The Demographic Disaster
Famine in Scotland - the 'Ill Years' of the 1690s

Karen J. Cullen

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter analyses the demographic consequences of the famine through its impact on the Scottish population. It continues the departure from the conclusion of Scottish Population History that the famine had short-term demographic consequences. In particular, a study of the age structure of mortality suggests that high adult mortality inhibited a quick recovery of the population. The chapter stresses the importance of the role of marriage in population recovery in the immediate post-famine period and as a factor in slow longer-term growth.

Keywords:   demographic effects, famine, Scottish population, mortality, marriage

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