Research: Abstract of the Napoleonic Era

Geography: Great Britain and Ireland: Population, Land, Trade, etc. Circa 1790s

Extent in square miles ... 104,000
Number of inhabitants ... 14,000,000
Number of persons to a square mile ... 136
Extent in English acres ... 67,000,000
Number of acres to one person ... 4 ¾
Number of acres in cultivation ... 40,000,000
Revenue in pounds sterling ... 27,000,000
Public debts ... 400,000,000
Land forces in time of peace ... 45,000
Ditto, in time of war ... 350,000
Seamen in time of peace ... 18,000
Ditto, in time of war ... 112,000
Ships of the line ... 187
Frigates, sloops, &c. ... 441
Extent of seacoast in leagues ... 1,200
Tonnage of merchant ships ... 1,800,000
Number of inhabitants in the capital ... 1,100,000
Number of parishes, 9,000 in England and 1,000 in Scotland (not including Ireland ) ... 10,000
Exports to all parts, average ... 30,000,000
Imports from all parts, average ... 25,000,000
Expence of maintaining the poor ... 3,000,000
Expence of the clergy ... 7,000,000
Great Divisions of the country, England , Scotland , Wales , Ireland ... 4
Chief towns, London, Dublin, Edinburgh, York, Liverpool, Bristol, Newcastle
Longitude of central point of the country, 1º 3' west
Latitude of ditto, 53º 40' north
Longitude of the capital, 0º 0', this and most of English books calculate from the meridian of London
Latitude of ditto, 51º 31' north
Religion, Protestant, Lutheran and Calvinist; all sects tolerated
Amount of taxes on each individual, £1 18s 3d
Interest of money, 5 percent in England and Scotland , 6 percent in Ireland

Source: Playfair, William. Statistical Breviary London: T. Bensley, 1801.

Provided by Tom Holmberg

Placed on the Napoleon Series: February 2007

 

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