Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Labourer - Lattouner

Labourer: performed physical labour. Could have worked in many different industries. It is very common to come across labourers when researching a family tree.

Lace Drawer: worked in the lace making industry. Usually a child’s job, responsible for drawing threads.

Lace Man: a merchant who sold raw materials to home based workers, then peddled the lace goods they made.

Lace Master: employer of lace workers.

Lace Mistress: female Lace Master, who employed lace workers.

Lace Runner: embroidered lace items.

Lace Woman: alternate name for a Lady’s Maid.

Ladle Liner: repaired the ladles used to move molten metals.

Lady’s Maid: a personal attendant who waited on the Lady of the House. A servant responsible for make-up, shopping, clothes, jewellery etc.

Lady’s Tailor: seamstress or Dressmaker.

Lagger: alternate name for a sailor.

Lagraetman: Constable.

Laird: Scottish title, a member of the gentry.

Lairman: transported cattle to temporary holding pens prior to slaughter.

Lairsman: alternate spelling of Lairman, who transported cattle to lairage.

Lamp Exhauster: drained air from very early electric lightbulbs.

Lamp Trimmer: maintained oil lamps onboard ships. Large vessels required multiple Lamp Trimmers.

Lamplighter: Council employee who lit street gas lamps or an alternate term for a Knocker-up

Landing Waiter: worked for HM Customs overseeing the unloading of ship’s cargo. Seems to have been a popular job for the ex-military.

Lapidary: an expert on precious stones, who also engraved them.

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Lappet Maker: a textile worker who made lappets, which are embroidered folds or flaps, used for clothing / hats.

Lardner: supplied meat to landowners and royalty in medieval times.

Laster: cobbler.

Lath Renderer: applied plaster to laths, which are strips of straight grained wood used to line walls and ceilings.

Lath Splitter: made wooden laths.

Latten Smith: made items from the alloy latten. By the early 19th century, latten was mainly used for decorative purposes.

Lattener: alternate name for a Lattern Smith, who made items from the alloy latten.

Lattouner: alternate spelling of Lattener.

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