Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Xylographer - Xylopola

Xylographer: engraved patterns in wood. This includes engraving the letters in blocks for use in block printing.

Xylopola: a merchant who dealt in wood.



Definitions of jobs Yagger - Yowler

Yagger: a fish merchant or Pedlar.

Yardman: another name for a farm Labourer, or a man who worked for the railway in the goods or engine yards.

Yarn Bleacher: worked in the textile industry, responsible for bleaching fibres such as flax etc.

Yarn Dresser: worked in the textile industry, responsible for preparing flax fibres.

Yatman: another name for a gatekeeper.

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Yearman: a man contracted for a year's labour. The term often but not exclusively used in the agriculture industry.

Yeoman: in its earliest form, a servant. From Middle Ages, means a man who accompanied a warrior, similar to a squire. For family tree researchers, the term usually comes up prior to the 18th century meaning a class of farmer who owned their land in some form, as opposed to being tenant farmers. The term may also crop up as a military or naval rank.

Yowler: - a Thatcher's assistant.



Definitions of jobs Zigarius - Zythepsarist

Zigarius: a Romanian Gypsy. The word is related to Szgany.

Zinc Worker: Zinc was used for soldering metalwork. Some Zinc Workers were employed in the building industry to solder metal guttering or water and gas pipework / plumbing. This occupational title also crops up in relation to packing crates, in which case it seems that the Zinc Worker soldered crates prior to shipping in order to protect goods in transit. The title can refer to someone who made artistic items out of spelter such as art deco candlesticks or clock cases. Finally the term could refer to a person who extracted zinc from ore, or the person who made spelter, which is an alloy of copper and zinc.

Zincographer: worked in the printing industry, responsible for etching the zinc plates.

Zitherist: a musician who played the zither, a stringed musical instrument from Europe.

Zoetrope Maker: a person who made zoetropes. These novelty devices provide the illusion of movement from a series of static pictures which are rotated quickly.

Zoographer: a specialist who classifies animals and records their habitats and behaviours.

Zythepsarist: brewed alcohol.

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