Guilds and crafts

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Bri­tain was de­scribed as a na­tion of shop­keep­ers in the 18th cen­tury, and thou­sands of ap­pren­tices to drap­ers, gro­cers, iron­mon­gers and other use­ful trades are listed in ap­pren­tice­ship records from 1710, search­able on the main sub­scrip­tion web­sites, where lists of freemen en­ti­tled to trade in var­i­ous cities can also be found. Guilds reg­u­lated crafts­peo­ple in each town, and records of Lon­don liv­ery com­pa­nies can be searched at lon­don­ The of­fi­cial

on­line at thegazette. pub­lished no­tices of, busi­ness part­ner­ships, bank­rupt­cies, and also pro­mo­tions in the mil­i­tary.

Clive of In­dia dra­mat­i­cally ex­tended the East In­dia Com­pany’s grip over the In­dian Sub­con­ti­nent, claim­ing com­mand over Ben­gal dur­ing the Seven Years’ War (1756-63). Records of the com­pany’s mil­i­tary men, em­ploy­ees and other work­ers who trav­elled to In­dia are held at the Bri­tish Li­brary (see find­hel­pre­gion/asia/in­dia/ in­diaof­fi­cere­cords­fam­ily his­tory/oc­cu­pa­tions/ oc­cu­pa­tions.html), where Ge­orge III’s mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tion of books is also housed in the glis­ten­ing glass King’s Li­brary Tower. Find­my­past. has many records scanned from the In­dia Of­fice col­lec­tions.

Al­though Bri­tain made huge ter­ri­to­rial gains in In­dia and Aus­tralia, Ge­orge III keenly felt

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