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Occupation help please!

Postby Emily79 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:29 pm

Hello,

Can anybody confirm my ancestor's occupation??

I read it as " George Mackmaff "something" Draper in Grangepans ??

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Many Thanks!
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Re: Occupation help please!

Postby jimbo50 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:25 pm

Hello Emily79.
Draper is a term for the seller of cloth. One which seems to fit here is 'Lint'.
A cotton cloth with a raised nap on one side.
For interpreting hard to read records, it's usually very helpful to see as much of the writing as possible on a page. this helps to identify letters in other contexts.
Have a look at the rest of the page for words starting with L or ending in T.
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Re: Occupation help please!

Postby sdup26 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:51 pm

I think jimbo is right; it does look like lint. The writer likes to make a curl out of the letter 'd' on the end of words, but also does it on the letter 't' - note the words 'best' and 'at' two lines below 'lint' which have a similar swirly t at the end.
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Re: Occupation help please!

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:53 pm

"Best Mortcloth" appears to confirm the terminal "t", which is somewhat different from the "t" in the middle, so the suggestion is good advice.

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Re: Occupation help please!

Postby runmerry » Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:50 pm

Hi,
I think it could be " George Mackmass lint dresser in Grangepans" In 1700's ss often looked as though it's written either as ff or fs, see his name in the far left column & the word Session at the end of the entry.
List of Scottish occupations at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/conte ... ?r=551&991

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Re: Occupation help please!

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:08 pm

Agreed - "lint dresser". I really should have compared the apparent "p" in "draper" to that in "April" - they aren't the same, whereas the so-called "p" looks like the "ss" in "Session".

But I really can't decide on the last letters of his surname....
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Re: Occupation help please!

Postby runmerry » Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:39 pm

Almost sure it's Mackmass, been indexing Scottish 18th century documents for the past 6 years & when you've seen "Foress" with an ss at the end written in as many hands as I have you get to know the look.

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Re: Occupation help please!

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:17 pm

I suspect that you're right, Jen. It's not a letter form that I'm as familiar with.

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Re: Occupation help please!

Postby Emily79 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:38 pm

Thank you everybody, that is really kind.

Reading your comments make total sense, and I can now see Lint Dresser as George's occupation.

Just needed an extra few pairs of eyes!

The surname should read McMath, but I suspect it has been written how the writer thought it sounded - mackmaff / mackmass.

Many thanks again,

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Re: Occupation help please!

Postby jimbo50 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:49 pm

Yes, does anybody know where that style of ss, written as almost fs, originates ? Jim
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