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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Repeating email on farriers
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 17:17:12 +0100
>, later generations of the Jones were farriers, I
>would like to know if there was a Guild/Association or register of Farriers?
>...and was there a proper apprenticeship system?.
Yes, but apprenticeship after c 1810 was a private matter (except among
families who joined the London Livery companies, which was more a social
and political thing for the better off than a trade qualification, in
the C19. Often men joined a company which bore no relation to their
>They seem to come under
>'Blacksmiths' in the post office trade registers; but the farriers are a very
Blacksmithing is a skilled job in itself, and farriers, apart from
shoeing, also treated ailments of horses and other enimals. (Those who
specialised in cows were cow-leeches and in dogs, dog fanciers) - no one
bother much with any other animals)
Some farriers (the name from ferrier, smith) just picked up a bit of
knowledge by experience, but other specialised in treating the horses,
which were very important then, forming the basic personal and
commercial transport system and also mounting for the army. Some of the
best farriers, occupying almost the position of veterinary surgeons,
were ex-army men, who had worked out ways to treat and save horses used
in battles. 'Captain (something like Fauntleroy)'s special misture was
advertised in most local papers.
So the training might have been given by a local blacksmith, or
acquired in the Army.
Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society