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Mariners in Bristol in the seventeenth and eighteen centuries -An analysis based on probate inventories-


  • Yoshihiko Okabe

    () (Faculty of Economics, Kobe Gakuin University)


The purpose of this research note is to study the mariner occupation in Bristol by analyzing probate inventories from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A large percentage of people were engaged in the occupation of a mariner, and this was a primary occupation for many in Bristol. In this research note, the general distribution and value of mariners' inventories are determined. It is difficult to define the occupation of a mariner by referring to only one image. Almost all mariners belonged to the middle-income group, but some inventories recorded very high values. High-value inventories were particularly recorded in the seventeenth century. Hence, the mariner occupation belonged to the upper-middle-income group in the seventeenth century; later, this occupation gave way to that of low-wage worker in the eighteenth century. The word gmariner h has a board meaning, and it cannot be restricted to only one occupation.

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  • Yoshihiko Okabe, 2012. "Mariners in Bristol in the seventeenth and eighteen centuries -An analysis based on probate inventories-," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 12-15, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
  • Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:1215

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    English economic history; probate inventories; mariners; Bristol;

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    • N3 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy
    • N13 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: Pre-1913

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