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Name Term description
Name O Term description

Occupier who is not a tenant

Name Oeconimus Term description

Steward or manager

Name Oeconimus of St Salvator's College Term description

Steward or manager

Name Of Term description

Indicates a landowner, e.g. John Baxter of Idvies. [See also 'at' and 'in'.]

Name Officer Term description

One employed in an official capacity, often in the Customs or in local administration

Name Officer in the Salt Term description

One employed in an official capacity, often in the Customs or in local administration

Name Oil leather-dresser Term description

One who prepares leather for use

Name Omissa Term description

Items which had been originally omitted from the deceased's estate.

Name Optician Term description

One who tends eyes and makes and sells spectacles, etc.

Name Organist Term description

One who plays the organ

Name Ormond pursevand/ormond-pursuivant Term description

A member of the Lyon court

Name Orraman Term description

A farm odd-job man

Name ORS Term description

Others

Name Oslair/ostler Term description

Innkeeper

Name Ounce Term description

A unit of weight. In Scots Troy weight, an ounce was equivalent to 16 drops (or draps). For more information, see our guide to weights and measures.

Name Oursman Term description

Overseer. One in charge of a factory or worksite

Name Outsight plenishing Term description

Moveable property kept or lying out of doors; it would include livestock and implements like ploughs, but not corn or hay, which were not reckoned as 'plenishings'.

Name Outworker Term description

A person engaged in outdoor work, field work or work away from the shop or factory

Name Overgrowth Term description

Engorgement of the heart.

Name Overlaid Term description

Referring to an infant accidentally smothered while in bed with an adult.

Name Overman/oversman Term description

One in charge of a factory or worksite

Name Overseer Term description

Person in charge of a factory or worksite

Name Oxgang Term description

A measure of land which, like Scottish measures in general, varied from place to place. It was typically about 13 acres.

Name Oye Term description

Oe, grandchild, niece or nephew, descendant