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From: Steve <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] RE; Victorian occupations
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2006 14:57:37 +0100
Terms change round the country, but I always thought that the guy who
did the blasting was the Shotfirer or shotlighter (Staffordshire?) or
shotman. Later, of course this became the Deputy's job. By law.
Here is something that agrees with my memory of my dad and grandads' use
of terms http://website.lineone.net/~coalmining/index-page17.html
PE THOMAS wrote:
> In my husband's (Welsh) family an ancestor in the late 1800's was a
> pit fireman. The family have always understood that he was the man
> who placed the explosive devices used for blasting seams etc. and
> "fired" (ignited) them.
> Sam Thomas
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