- Jun 20, 2020
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Yes, however much being a Mr Darcy or even a Mr Dashwood might appeal, I know from much of my lineage that they would have looked up to the Robert Martins of the area - they'd have been his farm hands perhaps.The reality was that there were more peasants and street urchins than gentlefolk.
Keeping a roof over your head and putting food on the table were major concerns.
A little later and I start to see skilled workers like some tailors, though market town level, not Saville Row. By the time of Bertie Wooster, most of the men are factory workers though some are clerks rather than production line. The only forebear I know of who had a reputation as being a bit of a dresser was one of my GGFs - his father was one of the tailors which may have had an influence.