Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Glassman - Grazier

Glassman: alternative name for a Glazier.

Glazier: supplied, cut, installed and replaced glass windows.

Glover: made or sold gloves.

Gloveress: a female glove maker.

Goat Carriageman: drove a single horse carriage.

Gobar: worked in a jobbing house, a wholesale merchant house buying imported goods to sell to retailers.

Gold Beater: made gold leaf.

Gold Smith: made items out of gold. The surname Goldsmith derives from this ancient occupation.

Gong Farmer: the lucky person responsible for emptying privies and cesspits. They were only allowed to work at night, faced restrictions on where they could reside (because of the smell of human waste), and risked death by asphyxiation. Amusingly, the word 'Gong' means 'To go'. See Tony Robinson's book The Worst Jobs in History for more information about a Gong Farmer.

Gong Scourer: another name for a Gong Farmer.

Gongfermor: another name for a Gong Farmer.

Gongfermour: alternative spelling of Gongfermor, meaning a Gong Farmer.

Gooseherd: person who tended geese.

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Gorseman: supplied gorse, which was used for cattle feed.

Grace Wife: 16th century word for midwife.

G.P.: General Practitioner, i.e. a doctor. The term dates back over a century.

Graffer: Notary or Scrivener.

Grainer: painted imitation grain pattern of wood or marble to decorate items.

Granger: farm steward.

Graver: an engraver, of things such as seals or gold. The surname Graver derives from ‘a digger of graves or ditches’.

Grazier: a pastoral farmer, producing livestock rather than crops.

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