Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Monger - Mustarder

Monger: generic term for a Pedlar or merchant.

Monthly Nurse: alternate term for a Confinement Nurse, looked after new mothers during the first month following childbirth.

Moocher: a vagrant or petty thief scavenging food or other items, some for personal use and the rest for sale.

Mordant Maker: made mordant, a substance used to treat leather or fabric prior to dyeing.

Moss Reeve: an official who oversaw contracts to cut peat for use as fuel.

Mould Runner: usually a job for young boys in the pottery industry, who were paid to run newly made pottery items to adjacent buildings and arrange them near hot stoves for hardening.

Moulder: earliest use was as a person who carved stone, a skilled occupation. The occupational term evolved to include casting iron. Is also a pottery industry term for a Presser.

Mountebank: a confidence artist. The meaning of the term derives from the practice of a man who mounted a bench in a public place such as a market in order to boast about fake medicine or similar goods for sale.

Mudlark: slang term for a person who salvaged items such as driftwood or used bottles from riverbanks, or a person who cleaned sewers.

Muffin Carrier: a pedlar selling muffins. Dates back to the 19th century. Also referred to as a Muffin Man in a nursery rhyme.

Muffin Maker: made small items such as plates and bowls in the pottery industry.

Muger: alternate spelling of Mugger, a Potter.

Mugger: a Potter or person who peddled pots.

Muggler: defined on numerous online lists as a Pig Man. Have yet to verify this occupational definition.

Mugman: hawked pots.

Mule Scavenger: a child, maybe as young as 8, crawling under weaving machines in a mill, collecting up fallen cotton.

Mule Spinner: operated a spinning mule, a machine invented in the 18th century to spin fibres to make yarn.

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Muleskinner: alternate term for a Muleteer, who drove Mules.

Muleteer: transported goods by driving mules.

Multurer: ground grain for a fee. The fee was called a multure.

Mumper: a professional beggar.

Musicker: played a musical instrument for a living.

Mustard Man: alternate term for a Mustarder, who traded in mustard.

Mustarder: a dealer trading in mustard. The use of mustard to flavour food is thought to date back to the Romans.

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