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    Default Stonemason title - what is the difference?

    I have a Thomas Selway in the 1861 CENSUS. His profession is noted as Stone Masons Master

    Is this the same as Master Stone Mason?

    Thanks for any help

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    Default Master stone mason

    Perhaps the term 'master' may indicate an ability to be able to work on particular stone, and produce specific work (eg. statues, buildings construction); after completing training with a Master stone mason.

    There's a web site which gives a full description of all the unusual proffesions, mentioned on the census's, sorry I dont have the address

    Sorry I can't be much helpful with your enquiry,

    Craig

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    I stand to be corrected, but I think it goes as follows:

    1 Apprentice - trainee
    2 Journeyman - trained
    3 Master - completed both of the above, and now an employer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreward View Post
    I have a Thomas Selway in the 1861 CENSUS. His profession is noted as Stone Masons Master

    Is this the same as Master Stone Mason?
    I've had a look at the image and I don't think there's an "s" at the end of the word "mason". Also the word "master" is pretty clearly written in as an afterthought, probably in a different hand.

    So yes, it is the same as Master Stone Mason. Master implies that he was either an employer (although the 'employee' might be an apprentice) or working on his own account.

    TNA reference RG 9/1378 f 92 p2

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