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What's a 'Skin Collector'???

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Lesley Report 3 May 2013 17:36

I've found a relative on the 1861 census, from Sligo Ireland and his occupation is down as a 'Skin Collector' Haven't a clue what type of skin, human or animal, sounds gruesome to me. Is there anyone on here who might know more than me??? :-S

Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 3 May 2013 18:29


Trapping, killing and skinning animals to sell on to the fur/clothing trade? Rabbits maybe?



Kense Report 3 May 2013 18:33

By googling "skin collector occupation" I found a couple of references. It seems that they collected animal skins from rabbits and hares, sometimes cats, in a similar manner to rag and bone men.


DazedConfused Report 3 May 2013 20:23

And also Rat Catchers were paid by the amount of rats they caught so they would keep the skins to prove how many they had caught. They are often depicted wearing the rats/skins from their belts.


Sally Report 3 May 2013 21:49

piglets pal
that's interesting

my gt gt granddad was a rat catcher

sally w <3


GlitterBaby Report 3 May 2013 21:56

Could also be mole skins as they were used to make coats


Lesley Report 4 May 2013 07:56

thanks for that, sounds disgusting though