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Devil: refers to a Printer’s Devil, a junior or apprentice in a printing establishment. Duties included fetching type and mixing inks.
Deviller: operated machinery in the printing industry.
Dexter: occupational name meaning ‘a Dyer of cloth’.
Dey Wife: a woman working in a dairy.
Die Sinker: a metalworker. Die sinking is the process of machining cavities into steel blocks for use in moulding.
Digger: worked in quarries or mines.
Dikeman: dug ditches and dikes. A dike is a ditch where the excavated soil has been banked up alongside in order to raise the height.
Dipper: worked in the pottery industry, glazing goods.
Dipper Glazier: alternate name for a dipper, who glazed goods in the pottery industry.
Dish Thrower: worked in the pottery industry making dishes, bowls etc.
Dish Turner: operated a lathe to make wooden bowls and the like.
Disher: short for Dish Thrower, person who made dishes and bowls.
Disintegrator Attendant: pottery worker who operated a machine called a disintegrator.
Distiller: maker of alcoholic spirits.
Distributor: a Parish official in charge distributing aid to folk in the workhouse / poorhouse.
Diviner: claimed to be able to dowse for underground water.
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Dock Cooper: made barrels at a dockyard.
Dock Foyboatman: towed boats into docks / ports.
Docker: unloaded cargo at a dockyard.
Dockmaster: person in charge of docks.
Doffer: worked in the textile industry, removed full bobbins.
Dog Breaker: animal trainer.
Dog Killer: rounded up and killed stray dogs.
Dog Leech: nickname for a vet.
Dog Whipper: kept wild dogs out of the churchyard.
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