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A Dictionary of Old Trades, Titles and Occupations Paperback – Dec 31 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Countryside Books; New edition edition (Dec 31 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853067946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853067945
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,411,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Abbess to Zoographer May 21 2005
By Mark Howells - Published on
Format: Paperback
These alphabetically arranged definitions of historical and unusual job titles focus on those from the United Kingdom. As many of these historic terms crossed the Atlantic with the English language, this book will also be of use to anyone with North American ancestors.

The professions of our ancestors were as colorfully named as they were remarkably diverse. For example:

What did a cow leech do?

Where were a moss reeve's duties performed?

What part of your body did a powler attend to?

What did a grunter man keep?

Facing a genealogical record which lists an unfamiliar occupation performed by an ancestor, this reference work is essential in understanding the lives of our forbearers.
One complaint about this book June 22 2014
By Martin County librarian - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a great reference and a fun book to read, but the binding will not hold up. It should have a better binding.
Very informative April 24 2015
By Babs - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There are so many occupations I'd never heard of before.