Occupations

An extensive list of old Scottish occupations can be found on ScotlandsPeople or here.

Acct. - Accountant
Accompt. - Accomptant
Adv. - Advocate
Ag. Lab. - Agricultural Labourer
Annuit. - Annuitant
Argtr. = Argentier, treasurer
Army H.P. - Army Half Pay
Bail - Baillie
Bailf - Bailliff
Bnksmn - Banksman, Pithead worker
Bar. Off. - Baron Officer
Blchr. - Bleacher
Blchfld Wkr - Bleachfield Worker
Blk Ptr - Block Printer
Blr mkr - Boiler Maker
Bkmkr - Bookmaker
Brs Fin - Brass Finisher
Brs Fdr - Brass Founder
Braz - Brazier
Btman - Boatman
Burgs - Burgess
Cab. Mkr - Cabinet Maker
Cal. Prt. - Calico Printer
Cam. Bdr. - Camb or Comb Builder
Cdl. Mkr. - Candle Maker
Capt. - Captain
Car. Mkr - Carriage Maker
C.E. - Civil Engineer
C'man - Car,am or Carrman - driver of horse drawn trams
Chdlr - Chandler
Ctr - Carter
Chg. Kpr - Changekeeper, Innkeeper
Char. - Charwoman
Chowr. Chowder, Fish seller
Clk. - Clerk
Clk Mkr. - Clock Maker
Cl. Dwr. - Cloth Drawer
Cl. Drs. - Cloth dresser
Cl. Fin. - Cloth Finisher
Ch. Dr. - Chaise Driver
Chman. - Coachman
Chmbr. Md. - Chamber Maid
Coalmst - Coalmaster
Cobr. - Cobbler
Col. - Colonel
Collr. - Collector (of Taxes)
Cmdr. - Commander
C.O. - Commanding Officer
Cmb. Mkr. - Comb Maker
Compr. - Compositor
Corp. - Corporal
Costmgr - Costermonger, seller of fruit & veg
Cotr. - Cottar, Cottager
Cot. Pcr. - Cotton Piecer
Cot. Wpr. Cotton Warper
Cot. Wdr. - Cotton Winder
Cowfdr - Cowfeeder
Cown - Cowan, builder of drystone walls
Creeln - Creelman
Crftr. - Crofter
Cutr. - Cutler
Dagmkr - Dagmaker, firearms maker
Dy Md - Dairy Maid
D.C.L - Doctor of Law
D.D - Doctor of Divinity
D.Sc. - Doctor of Sciences
Dist. Stmps. - Distributor of Stamps
Dr. - Doctor
Dr. Div. - Doctor of Divinity
Dykr - Dyker, Diker
Dckr. - Docker
Dck. Mstr. - Dock Master
Dom. Serv. - Domestic Servant
DPhil. - Doctor of Philosophy
Drpr. - Draper
Drvr - Drover
DTH - Doctor of Theology
Eng. Kpr - Engine Keeper
Engvr. - Engraver
Exman - Exciseman
F.S. - Female Servant
Factr - Factor
Fm Serv. - Farm Servant
Farr. - Farrier
Flx. Drsr. - Flax Dresser
Flshr. - Flesher, Butcher
Flckmstr - Flockmaster
Forstr - Forrester
Frch. Polr. - French polisher
Furn. man - Furnace man
Gamekpr. - Gamekeeper
Gen. - General
Gen. Lab. - General Labourer
Glvr. - Glover
G.P. - General Practioner
Grskpr - Grasskeeper, herdsman
Grm. - Groom
Grd. Offr. - Ground Officer
H.E.I.C.S. - Honourable East India Company Service
H.L.W. - Hand Loom Weaver
Hbr. Mstr - Harbour Master
Hwkr - Hawker
Herd. - Herder, Shepherd
Horse Set - Horse Setter
Inst. Mkr. - Instrument Maker
Iron Drsr. - Iron Dresser
Iron Mldr - Iron Moulder
J.P. - Justice of the Peace
Jonr. - Joiner
Jnyman - Journeyman
Kit. Md. Kitchen Maid
Lds. - Lady's Maid
Lp. Ltr. - Lamp Lighter
Lt.or Lieut - Lieutenant
Ld. Surv. - Land Surveyor
Ld. Wtr. - Landwaiter
Ldrs - Laundress
Ld. Md. - Laundry Maid
LLd - Doctor of Law
Let. Car. - Letter Carrier
Lt. Drsr. - Lint Dresser
Lck. Kpr. - Lock Keeper
M.S. - Male Servant
Maj. - Major
Maj. Gen. - Major General
M.D. - Doctor of Medicine
Mltstr - Malster
Mant. - Mantua Maker
Masn. - Mason
Mstr. - Master
Mstr. Mar. - Master Mariner
Mercht. - Merchant
Meren. - Meresman
Mess. Arms - Messenger at Arms
Millwt - Millwright
Mnt. Mstr - Mint Master
Min. - Minister
Molcr. - Molecatcher
Ostr. - Ostler
Pat. Mkr. - Pattern Maker
Paup. - Pauper
Peutr. - Peuterer, Pewterer
Pirn Wdr. - Pirn Winder
Pithd man - Pithead man
Pit Brsh. - Pit Brusher
Pit Skr. - Pit Sinker
Pl. man - Ploughman
Plmbr. - Plumber
Ptsman - Pointsman, Railway
Pony Drvr. - Pony Driver
Portnr. - Portioner
Pst. Mstr. - Post Master
Postn. - Postillion
PLW - Power Loom Weaver
Pte - Private
Prev. Off. - Preventative Officer
Prtfld wkr. - Printfield Worker
Pro. Fisc. - Procurator Fiscal
Prost. - Provost
Prt. Comp. - Print Compositor
Rwy Brkman - Railway Brakesman
Rwy. Wagr. - Railway Waggoner
Rm Sr. - Room Setter
RCC. - Roman Catholic Clergyman
Rivtr. - Rivetter
Sadlr. - Saddler
Schlr - Scholar
Schmstr - Schoolmaster
Scul. Md - Scullery Maid
Secdr. - Seceder
Serv. - Servant
Shrf - Sheriff
Sh. Mstr. - Ships Master
Sh. Pltr. Ship Plater
Solr. - Solicitor
Sltr. - Slater or Salter
Smth - Smith
Sp. Mercht. - Spirit Merchant
Stn. - Station Master
Stnr - Stationer
Stwd. - Steward
Sty.mkr - Staymaker
St.rm Md. - Stillroom Maid
Surg. - Surgeon
Sur. Taxes - Surveyor of Taxes
Tanr. - Tanner
Vict. - Victualler
Vintr. - Vintner
Watchmkr - Watchmaker
Wvr. - Weaver
Writ. - Writer
W.S. - Writer to the Signet

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