Dictionary of Old Occupations

Click here to return to the index page of the Dictionary of Old Occupations

Definitions of jobs Devil - Dog Whipper

Devil: refers to a Printer’s Devil, a junior or apprentice in a printing establishment. Duties included fetching type and mixing inks.

Deviller: operated machinery in the printing industry.

Dexter: occupational name meaning ‘a Dyer of cloth’.

Dey Wife: a woman working in a dairy.

Die Sinker: a metalworker. Die sinking is the process of machining cavities into steel blocks for use in moulding.

Digger: worked in quarries or mines.

Dikeman: dug ditches and dikes. A dike is a ditch where the excavated soil has been banked up alongside in order to raise the height.

Dipper: worked in the pottery industry, glazing goods.

Dipper Glazier: alternate name for a dipper, who glazed goods in the pottery industry.

Dish Thrower: worked in the pottery industry making dishes, bowls etc.

Dish Turner: operated a lathe to make wooden bowls and the like.

Disher: short for Dish Thrower, person who made dishes and bowls.

Disintegrator Attendant: pottery worker who operated a machine called a disintegrator.

Distiller: maker of alcoholic spirits.

Distributor: a Parish official in charge distributing aid to folk in the workhouse / poorhouse.

Diviner: claimed to be able to dowse for underground water.

Copyright: Jane Hewitt. This dictionary is authorised for use on www.familyresearcher.co.uk only.

Dock Cooper: made barrels at a dockyard.

Dock Foyboatman: towed boats into docks / ports.

Docker: unloaded cargo at a dockyard.

Dockmaster: person in charge of docks.

Doffer: worked in the textile industry, removed full bobbins.

Dog Breaker: animal trainer.

Dog Killer: rounded up and killed stray dogs.

Dog Leech: nickname for a vet.

Dog Whipper: kept wild dogs out of the churchyard.

This dictionary is my own work, and copyright Jane Hewitt. I sometimes find unauthorised (i.e. stolen) copies of my website content appearing on other people's websites. If you should read a group of identical glossary definitions elsewhere on the web, consider whether such sites are reputable or not.

A History of the World Paperback by Andrew Marr

Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today’s superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs.

A History of the World is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For ‘the better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.’

Fresh, exciting and vividly readable, this is popular history at its very best.

Buy Now

Finding our free resources helpful? You can support us by recommending our research services to your friends, or make a donation. Thank you.