Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Highwayman - Horseman

Highwayman: mounted on horseback to rob travellers on public roads.

Hillier: alternate spelling of Hellier, installed and maintained slate, thatch or tiled roofing.

Hind: a peasant, a domestic servant or a farm hand. In Scotland and parts of Northern England a Hind may have resided with his wife in a cottage on the farm which was provided with the job. The Hind would also have been in charge of a small number of horses.

Hinxman: alternate term for a Henchman, meaning a follower, attendant or Squire.

Hired Man: a vague term to describe a contractor providing unskilled labour.

Hobbler: in older times described a light horseman or a person who looked after military horses. From 18th century refers to person who towed canal boats.

Hobler: alternate spelling of Hobbler, who looked after military horses or towed canal boats.

Hodsman: a labourer who carried building materials upon a hod for skilled builders on masons.

Hog Reeve: a district official responsible for impounding stray pigs and assessing the damage they caused.

Hoggard: drove herds of pigs to and from market.

Holder Up: an assistant at a forge or smithy.

Holer: person who made the eye holes in needles, or a slang term for a miner.

Hollow Ware Presser: pressed clay into moulds to make vases, pots etc.

Hollow Ware Squeezer: alternate term for a Hollow Ware Presser who pressed clay.

Holloware Worker: made metal hollowware items such as tea and coffee pots, sugar bowls etc. Also a generic term for a pottery worked who made hollow ware.

Holster: worked in the stables at an inn.

Hoofer: another term for a Stepper, a professional dancer.

Hooker: old term for a person who harvested crops at a farm, or a slang term for a Hooking Machine Operator in the textile industry.

Hooking Machine Operator: worked in the textile industry, loading folds of cloth into a machine to produce standard lengths of material prior to packing.

Hoop Shaver: created and fitted metal hoops to barrels, casks and tubs.

Hooper: created and fitted metal hoops to barrels, casks and tubs.

Horner: a person who traded in animal horn, or a person who made items made out of horn such as knife handles, combs, bow stave tips or decorative items.

Horse Capper: dealt in horse flesh.

Horse Courser: racing horse owner, a horse dealer, a person who runs racing horses on behalf of owners or a military term for cavalry.

Horse Hair Curler: cleaned and dressed horse hair so it could be used as stuffing for mattresses and furniture.

Horse Hair Dealer: traded in horse hair, which was used by the furniture industry for stuffing upholstery.

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Horse Knave: a groom.

Horse Leech: slang term for a Farrier or a veterinarian who tended horses.

Horse Marine: 19th century US military term for when marines doing the work of cavalry or cavalry doing the work of marines.

Horseman: a mounted soldier, a person who tended farm horses, or a horse breeder.

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The Horse in Human History by Pita Kelekna

The horse is surely the 'aristocrat' of animals domesticated by man. This book assesses the impact of the horse on human society from 4000 BC to AD 2000, by first describing initial horse domestication on the Pontic-Caspian steppes and the early development of driving and riding technologies.

Horse-chariotry and cavalry in effect changed the nature of warfare in the civilisations of the Middle East, India, and China. Beyond the battlefield, horsepower also afforded great advances in transport, agriculture, industry, and science.

Rapidity of horse communications forged far-flung equestrian empires, where language, law, weights, measures, and writing systems were standardised and revolutionary technologies and ideas were disseminated across continents