Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Blue Dyer - Boniface

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.

Bluffer: Publican.

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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