Bullockleach

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  1. burt

    burt Where there's a will there's a way!

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    This was the occupation of Garratt Henshaw of Amberley
    in his Will of 1613!
    Not come across this before!
    A Leach/Leech being a Doctor, I presume this to be a Vet?
    What do you think?
     
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    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    I can't think what else it could mean. Presumably he only dealt with cattle ;)
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Quite probably something of the sort.

    The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London on the Internet Archive refers to a "Mr Tooth, a farrier and bullock-leach". It is in a letter dated November 15th 1774 describing the effect of lightning on a bullock, so could well be that the vet was called.... :eek:
     
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    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Or maybe...

    In a nutshell, leeches were used in medicine on humans - as we all know. It was extremely popular and there weren't enough leeches to meet demand.

    So on 'leech farms' livestock were driven into the marshes to 'nourish' many thousands of leeches to meet demand. I expect it was quite profitable. Leeches were later imported.

    Just been reading with my toes curling. I can't bear the things - we get them in our garden pond.

    Source - doctaly.com
     
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    arthurk Well-Known Member

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    The OED uses that quotation in its entry for bullock-leech (sic), which it defines as a cattle-doctor.
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I thought there might be mentions in the papers but they are very few and far between. There is an advert in the Sussex Advertiser of the 30th January 1786 for. Thomas Daws, who describes himself as a “Horse Farrier and Bullock Leach”, but that’s about it.
     
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    burt Where there's a will there's a way!

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    Thank you good people!
    I think that it is confirmed then!
     
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    Findem The Fearless One

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    Washing my hands in the vanity basin looked in the mirror and there on my shoulder was a thin Leech making it's way to my neck, it soon became much thinner and much dead.

    I remember ducking under a bush in the back garden, I suspect that's where i picked it up, or rather it picked me up.
     

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