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Occupier Tradesman
Oilman Sold the oil for lamps
Olitor Kitchen gardener (from Olitory-a kitchen garden)
Orderly Soldier who functioned as a servant for an officer
Ordinary Keeper Innkeeper
Orrery Maker Made a mechanical apparatus for showing the movements of the planets (named after the Earl of Orrery the inventor)
Orrice Weaver Designer of lace patterns to be woven with silk thread and silk
Osier Peeler Removed bark from willow rods or osiers which were used in basket weaving, usually women and children (also known as withy peelers)
Ostiary Monastery door keeper
Ostler Originally applied to an innkeeper/taverner or one who received guests especially in an monastery (13th century) but later on it came to mean stableboy or a person who looked after horses, coming from the old French 'hostelier'
Out Crier Auctioneer
Outworker Worker who carried on their occupation at home, e.g., cotton or woollen weavers but it applies to many occupations
Overlooker Superintendent or overseer, especially in the textile mills
Overman Supervisor in a colliery who checked the miners work and the quality of the mined coal
Owler Sheep or wool smuggler
Oyster Dredger Member of the crew on board an oyster fishing boat