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Ranks, Offices, and Titles

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factor agent
a merchant who works on commission
one who acts or transacts business for another
Scot a steward or bailiff of an estate
factotum
an employee who does all kinds of work.
falconer
a keeper and trainer of raptors (=hawks and falcons).
one who hunts small game with trained raptors.
fancymonger
a person, male or female, who in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries used legerdemain --- clever tricks --- to deceive others, often for financial gain.  One of the fancymonger's theatrics was called wolf in the breast, a highly imaginative ploy used by vagrant English women with considerable acting talent to solicit donations from the gullible. In this macabre ruse, the woman attempted to convince passersby that a small wolf was gnawing her breast from inside. [Forgotten English]
farmer
one who works on or operates a farm. (=a tract of land cultivated for the purpose of agricultural production, raising and breeding of livestock, and the like)
one who has paid for the right to collect and retain certain revenues or profits [AHD]
farm hand 
a hired farm laborer.
farrier
a blacksmith, esp. one who shoes horses.
faulkner
a falconer
fell monger
one who removes hair or wool from hides in preparation for leather making.
fence viewer
civ a town official charged to inspect new fences and to insure that fences were kept in good repair.
civ an official employed to arbitrate boundary disputes between landowners.
feoffee, feoffor
hist a feoffor conveys a free-hold estate to a feoffee via a feoffment.
ferryman
the owner or operator of a ferry. (=A transport, esp a boat, for conveying passengers, esp as a regular service.)
cf wherryman
fetch
a person's wraith or double; doppelgänger
fishwife
an ill-mannered or noisy woman.
a woman who sells fish.
fletcher
one who made bows and (esp.) arrows
floorwalker
a person employed in a retail store to assist customers and to supervise other employees. Also: shopwalker
florist
one who deals in or grows flowers.
footpad
a robber who went about by foot, cf highwayman
fop
a man who is preoccupied with and often vain about his clothes and manners; a dandy. [TFD]
framer
one who frames; a maker, contriver, inventor [OED]
one who frames a picture, etc.
free lance Also: freelance
15°c a mercenary soldier with no master but the one who has paid his hire (=whose lance was for hire.)
modern one who sells his services to employers without a long-term committment to any.
freebooter
one who pillages and plunders, esp a pirate
freeman
a man not bound to the manor, i.e. not a bondman.
Brit Hist a man who was free and might hold land but who owed some services to his lord. [DOME]
in New England, one formally enfranchised.
friar
eccl a member of a usually mendicant Roman Catholic order
cf religious
fuller
one who fulls cloth, a step in cloth-making;
one who shrinks and thickens woolen cloth by moistening, heating, and pressing;
one who cleans and finishes cloth (a/k/a lecker, walker, waulker)
furner
a person in charge of an oven; a baker.
furnisher
a person who sells furniture.
one who furnishes.
furrier
a dealer in or dresser of furs.
fusilier
mil. a soldier armed with a fusil (=a light musket)
fustian cutter
a worker whose job it was to cut the loops in the fabric to produce a nap in cloth such as fustian and corduroy. The process was later mechanized.
fyrd
the Anglo-Saxon militia. Special King's Peace prevailed while travelling to, from and during fyrd service.

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