A Dictionary of Old Trades, Titles and Occupations Paperback – Dec 31 1999
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About the Author
John Titford explains the subject fully with his usual clarity and enthusiasm. Taking a step by step approach, he deals first with the history of surnames and of the languages which gave rise to them, followed by a series of surname surgeries and case studies that suggest various techniques for getting a name To yield up its meaning.
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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.