A milliner (hat maker) at the New Exchange.
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Possibly one of the Yorkshire Boyntons:of Barmston and Burton Agnes. His reported marriage to Doll Stacey (the pretty New Exchange woman) has not been traced.
Phrases we still use:
"Mad as a hatter"
Back when elaborate hats were part of everyday fashion, the people following this occupation were known as hatters. They would use mercury often in their process of felting the fur of the animals they worked, which had the unfortunate side effect of making them go insane. The technical term for this illness is erethism, but the phrase 'mad as a hatter' works just as well.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.