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Blue Dyer: used blue dye to lighten textiles like calico during production or laundering.
Blue Maker: produced the blue dye used to lighten textiles.
Blue Slater: a Slater who specialised in traditional Welsh blue/grey coloured slate such as the traditional Bangor Blue.
Bluestocking: a female intellectual / writer, or a member of the 18th century Blue Stocking Society which encouraged female education.
Blunger Operator: works the blunger machine which produces slip by mixing clay with water in the pottery industry.
Board Liner: person who pastes patterned or plain paper onto cardboard.
Boarder: person who resided and ate meals with the family in return for a fixed fee.
Boarding Officer: checks ships papers and cargo for contraband before permission is granted to enter port.
Boardman: a tenant of a manor who paid for his lodgings by providing his master with food, or an Attendance Officer employed to check up on absent children.
Boardwright: old occupational title for a carpenter.
Boatman: - a person who dealt with the mooring of boats, or who worked on or was in charge of a boat / barge.
Boatswain: member of a ship's crew in charge of the deck hands and responsible for general ship repairs.
Bobber: used a rotating bob which was covered with felt or leather to polish metal.
Bobbin Carrier: carried bobbins to the looms in the textile industry.
Bobbin Ligger: worked on a machine which filled bobbins with thread for weaving. Their task was to replace full bobbins with empty ones.
Bobbin Turner: cut wooden bobbins on a lathe for use in the weaving industry.
Bobby: slang for Police officer which arose because the founder of the British police force was Robert Peel.
Body Maker: made stiffened women's undergarments called bodices.
Bodger: chair maker.
Bog Iron Hunter: searched for iron ore in peat bogs.
Boiler Plater: produced iron plate used to make boilers.
Boilermaker: a skilled metalworker who produced steel fabrications. Often repaired metal boilers, but in later years may have worked on other metalworking projects such as bridge construction.
Boilersmith: early 19th century term for a Boilermaker, a skilled metalworker / craftsman.
Bolter: sifter of meal or flour prior to bagging.
Bondager: female field worker or farmhand.
Bondman: unpaid servant or a medieval serf. The term may also describe a villager.
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Bondsman: person who acts as surety and vouches for someone else.
Bone Button Maker: produced buttons made from bones on a lathe.
Bone Cutter: similar to a Bone Button Maker; produced buttons from animal bones. When found on census returns, the title is an abbreviation of 'Bone Button Cutter'.
Bone Lace Maker: produces lace using bobbins made from bone.
Bone Mould Turner: produced moulds used in button manufacture.
Bone Picker: collected bones for glue manufacture.
Bonesetter: not so much an occupation as a term for a person who set broken bones.
Boniface: Publican / innkeeper either employed or on their own account.
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