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An occupation dealing with Flax in the 19th century

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: My ancestor in the 1871 Census for Scotland states his occupation as a hatcheler.  Do you know what this occupation was?

 

Answer:  A Hatcheler worked on carded flax, by combing and cleaning the flax seed out.  The flax industry was very important in the 19th century.


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