Occupations F



Faber Artisan or workman
Fabricator Maker
Factor An agent employed by merchants to transact business of buying and selling and a Scottish term for the steward of an estate responsible for collection of land rents
Fagetter Made up faggots into bundles, seller of firewood
Faker Photographic assistant who added color to photographs by hand before color film was available
Falconer Breeds, trains, or hunts with hawks
Fancy Man Pimp
Fancy Woman Prostitute
Fancy-Pearl Worker Worked in mother-of-pearl making buttons or fancy goods
Fanner Grain winnower
Fanwrighter Maker and repairer of fans or winnowing baskets
Farandman Traveling merchant
Farmer Often descendant of the gentry and, ultimately, noble classes; usually having servants and farm workers, e.g., husbandmen, groomsmen, etc
Farrier / Ferrour Was a shoeing smith (of horses)
Fawkner Trainer of falcons
Fear-Nothing Maker Weaver of special kind of thick woollen cloth known as fear-nought, used for protective clothing and lining portholes, walls, and doors of powder magazines on board ships.
Feather Beater / Feather Driver Cleanser of feathers

Who cleaned and prepared feathers for sale

Featherman Dealer in feathers and plumes


Woman who prepared feathers for use
Feeder Herdsman


Fell Monger A dealer in hides, especially sheepskins. Sometimes written as one word. Remover of hair or wool from hides in leather making.
 Felter Worker in the hatting industry
Feroner Ironmonger
Ferreter Dealer in or manufacturer of ferret, ie. silk tape
Fettler Cleaned the machinery in woollen mills, removing accumulated fibres, grease, etc., sharpened the fustian cutters knives or needlemaker who filed the needle to a point
Fever Blacksmith
Fewster Maker of saddletrees
Fewterer Keeper of hounds, for hunting or coursing
Fiddler Used a fiddle (small knife) to remove the flashing from cast clay forms such as bowl, creamers, cups or pitchers
File Cutter A maker of files, involved the cutting of grooves on the file surface
Filibuster American mercenaries in South America, gun runners
 Filler Who filled bobbins in mills
Fine Drawer Employed in tailoring to repair tears in the cloth (invisible mending)
Finisher Operated machine giving final touches to a manufactured article in various trades
Firebeater Tended the boilers that powered the machinery in a cotton mill
Fireman Inspected for, and removed explosive gasses underground in mining or stoked the boilers on ships and locomotives
First Hand  Silk weaver who had his own loom (an outworker)
 Fiscere Fisherman
 Fish Fag Female fish monger
Fisher / Fishdryver Victualler
Fitter Coal broker
Flasher Specialist process worker in the glass industry
Flatman / Floatman Navigated a flat, a broad flat-bottomed boat used for transport, especially in shallow waters
Flauner Confectioner
Flaxdresser Prepared flax prior to spinning
Fleshewer Butcher
Fleshmonger / Flesher

Butcher or one who worked in a tannery

Fletcher A maker of, or dealer in, bows and arrows
Floater Vagrant or one who regulated the year-round workings of the watermeadows in winter by adjusting the hatches on the channels to flood or float the meadows with a shallow covering of water to protect them from frost and encourage the early growth of new grass mainly for early feed for sheep and other animals. The sheep were pastured on the new grass by day and driven up on to the downs to be folded by night to provide the manure needed for the coming season's grain crops
Flucherman Who cleaned out water mains

Driver of one-horse carriage hired by the day

Flying Stationer Street broadsheet seller
Flyman Driver of a light vehicle hired out for carriage of passenger or Theatre stage hand
Fogger He was a pedlar but the term is also used to mean a headman at a farm, a groom or a manservant or a low class lawyer
Foister / Foisterer Joiner
Foot Maiden Female servant
Foot Man Servant who ran errands
Poot Pad Robber
Foot Straightener One who assembled watch and clock dials in watchmaking
Foot-Post Letter carrier or messenger who travelled on foot
Forester Game warden or forest ranger
Forgeman Blacksmith or assistant (coachsmith 18th century Derbyshire)
Forger Blacksmith, worker at a forge
Fossetmaker Who made faucets for ale-casks, etc
Fower Street cleaner, sweeper
Fowler / Fogler / Fulger Keeper or catcher of birds
Frame Spinner Worker on a loom
Framer One who frames houses
Frameworker Knitter Operator of machine which made hosiery
Freedman One released from slavery
Freemason Stonecutter
Freser Maker of frieze, a rough plaster
Freshwater Man Sailed boat on fresh water only or in the coastal trade
Fripperer Buyer & seller of old clothes
Friseur Hair dresser
Frobisher / Furbisher / Furber / Furbour Remover of rust, a polisher of metal, eg. armour
Fruiterer Fruit seller
Fruitestere Female fruit seller
Fulker Pawnbroker
Fuller Cloth worker who shrinks, beats and presses the cloth
Funambulist Tightrope walker
Furbisher Armor polisher
Furner Baker
Furrier Seller or maker of furs
Fustian Weaver Maker of corduroy