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Coastguards rating?
In the mid 1800s, would there have been a rating in the coastguards that might have been misconstrued by a "landlubber" who was filling out a church register as "gardiner" or "jardiner?"
My Boyd family were seafarers. Alexander Boyd (1785-1860) had several sons who were either "coastguards" or" mariners" and a customs officer. When his daughter was married in 1845, her father's occupation was listed as "gardner." Then in 1866, his grandson Wilson Boyd, mariner, was married to Mary Healy, whose father William was a "jardiner." This seems odd to me, so I am wondering if "guarder" could have been misconstrued in these instances.
Does anyone have any thoughts?
Trudy Phelps
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