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From: "JohnFHH" <>
Subject: Re: Occupation
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 20:43:26 +0100
Yes....BUT were there oil-lamps about in 1750? A question which set my mind
Candles, quite sophisticated rush-lights burning animal-fats.Simple
oil-lamps have been known since Roman times, but until the invention of a
decent wick (when was this?) and the advent of paraffin oil in the 1830s i
would imagine the oil-lamps were less powerful than candles.
There were engines, which presumably needed some sort of lubrication. I
don't think mineral oils arrived until the 19th century?
There were, of course, large quantities of vegetable oils - olive, linseed,
turpentine used as lubricants, in cooking, and in paints- there were Oil &
The OED gives Oilman as a maker or seller of oil.
Hopefully someone will come up with a more definitive or illuminating
John Henley (if it bounces try again, trouble withISP,I am still here:-) ]
HENLEY, PARKER, PRENTICE, SECKER, RAPER, DURDEN
ROLFE, (O)RAFFERTY, EVANS, PARSONS, SYMONDS [Berks/Hants/Wilts]
From: Marg Cambridge Date: 01 October 1999 19:16Subject: Re: Occupation
For: Ranks, Professions, Occupations and
>OILMAN: A person who sold oil for lamps
>>Have just discovered my g-g-g-g grandfather was an OILMAN in >the mid