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From: "Janet" <>
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] "Ag-Lab" vs. Farm Servant?
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 18:30:28 -0000
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The vast majority of my ancestry is in farming, both in Scotland and in those who migrated South to take over their farming! I have to admit I have not seen farm servant. I have been surprised however at how many servants there were at one farm. It seems to me there is an agricultural hierarchy. I have found that a Tenant Farmer, is described as "Farmer", but otherwise, an "Agricultural Labourer". Perhaps someone will confirm.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Hester NicEilidh" <>

> Hi, all:
> I'm wondering if the occupational labels "Agricultural Labourer" and "Farm
> Servant" are synonymous and interchangeable, or if they represent two
> slightly different classes of worker.
> I've come across a page from a Statutory Registry of births from the
> mid-19th century. There are three unrelated births recorded on the same
> page. The Registrar (same man in each case) has noted the father's
> occupation as "farm servant" in two of the three cases, but in the middle
> case, he has written that the father was an "agricultural labourer". That
> makes me think that this Registrar considered these two terms distinct from
> each other.
> Anyhow, looking forward to enlightenment on this subject.

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