Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Kedger - Knuller

Kedger: a fisherman. Related to the word 'kedge', which is a nautical term for a small anchor.

Keeker: a weighman in a colliery, responsible for quality control.

Keeler: worked on canal barges delivering goods.

Keelman: another name for a Keeler.

Keller: a maker of caps (comes from the word kellere). Most free online resources list this occupation as a salt keeper.

Kellogg: worked in the food industry, slaughtered animals.

Kempster: worked in the textile industry, combed cotton or wool.

Kepegest: another name for an innkeeper.

Key Stamper: Key Stampers added various messages to keys. Messages were stamped into the surface of keys. For example, the name of the institution to which the key belonged, or phrases such as 'Do not copy'.

Kiddier: a trader who dealt in goatskins, or a goat trader.

Kilner: worked in the ceramics / pottery industry, was in charge of pottery kilns.

Kirk-master: a Scottish term for a church Deacon. (Kirk translates to English as Church).

Kisser: an Armourer.

Kitchen Maid: a kitchen assistant, usually supervised by the Cook.

Kitchen Porter: a junior kitchen assistant.

Knacker: worked in a Knacker's Yard or Knackery, where animals unfit for human consumption were rendered. Sometimes called a knackerman.

Knight: a warrior in Middle Age Europe. Often popularised and romanticised in fiction. May have been employed by a Lord, or belonged to a recognised Order.

Knapper: shaped or dresses stone such as flint or obsidian to make tools. Also includes dressing the flints used in the construction of flintlock rifles and pistols.

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Kneller: a Chimney Sweep who went from house to house touting for business.

Knock Knobbler: an old name for a dog warden, who caught stray dogs.

Knocker-up: roused factory workers for their shifts, but knocking on their bedroom windows with a stick. Sometimes also worked as a Lamplighter.

Knoller: a bellringer.

Knuller: another name for a Kneller, who swept chimneys.

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