Olde Occupations

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Acater supplied food provisions
Accipitrary falconer
Accomptant accountant
Accoucheur man who acts as a midwife
Accoucheus man who acts as a midwife
Accoucheuse midwife
Accoutre supplier of military accessories
Accoutrement Maker supplier of military accessories
Ackerman ploughman; ox herder
Acreman ploughman; ox herder
Actuary kept public accounts of business
Advertisement Conveyancer sandwich board man
Administatrix female administrator
Administrator directed the affairs of another
Advocate Depute (Scottish) law officer who could act a public prosecutor
Advowee nobleman who had the right to present a clergyman to a benefice
Aeronaut balloonist or a trapeze artist in the circus or music halls
Affeeror official in the manorial courts who assessed the monetary penalty and collected taxes and dues
Agister official of the Royal Forests; New Forest - title for the one in charge of the ponies
Alabasterer worked with alabaster
Alblastere crossbow man
Alchemist medieval chemist who claimed to be able to turn base metals into gold
Alderman senior councilor one position down from Mayor in the local council
Ale Draper seller of ale
Ale Founder official who tested quality and measure of ale served in public houses
Ale Taster tested ale and beer for quality - forerunner of the Inspector for Weights & Measures
Ale Tunner employed by the brewery to fill ale casks (tuns} with ale
Ale-Conner official who tested quality and measure of ale served in public houses
Alewife woman who keeps an alehouse or tavern
All Spice name for a grocer
Almanac Man warned the inhabitants of the Trent River area of higher than normal tides
Almoner giver of charity to the needy
Almsman received alms
Alnager official who examined the quality of woolen goods and stamped them with the town seal of approval
Amanuensis secretary or stenographer
Amber & Jet Cutter cut and polished amber for jewelry
Amber Cutter cut ambergris
Ambler officer of the Royal Stable who broke in horses
Amen Man parish clerk
Anchor Smith made anchors
Anchoress female hermit or religious recluse
Anchorite male hermit or religious recluse
Angle Iron Smith made angle iron
Anilepmen smallholder (tenant of the manor)
Ankle Beater young person who helped to drive the cattle to market
Annatto Maker worked in the manufacture of dyes for paint or printing
Annealing part of the tinplate process
Annuitant in receipt of an annual allowance or with investment producing annual income
Antigropelos Maker made waterproof leggings
Anvil Smith made anvils and hammers for blacksmiths
Apiarian beekeeper
Apothecary prepared and sold medicines or drugs; pharmacist
Apparitor official who summoned witnesses in the ecclesiastical courts
Apprentice was bound to a skilled worker for a specified time to learn a trade
Aproneer term used in London for a shopkeeper
Apronman mechanic
Aquarius (Ewar) waterman
Aquavita Seller sold alcohol
Archiator physician
Archil Maker made a violet dye from lichens, used in the textile industry
Arkwright skilled craftsman who produced "arks" (wooden chests or coffers)
Armiger squire who carried the armor of a knight
Armourer made suits of armor or plates of armor for buildings or ships etc.
Artificer maker or fixer of intricate objects; soldier mechanic who does repairs
Ashman dustman
Ashmanshipman sailor
Assay Master determined the amount of gold or silver to go in coins
Assayer determined the proportions of metal in ore
Assorters part of the tinplate process, packed 112 sheets to a box for labeling and dispatch.
Auger Maker made the carpenters augers
Aulnager official responsible for inspecting and measuring woolen cloth
Aurifaber goldsmith
Avenator (Plantifene) hay and forage merchant
Avowry lord of the manor
Axel Tree Maker/Turner made axels for coaches and wagons
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