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date: 12 December 2019

Mather, Josephlocked

(1737–1804)
  • Roy Palmer

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Mather, Joseph (1737–1804), file cutter and songwriter, was born either at Chelmorton, Derbyshire, or in Cack Alley, Sheffield. Nothing is known of his parentage or early life but after serving an eight-year apprenticeship (1751–9) Mather became a journeyman file cutter (otherwise known as file hewer) in the ...

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J. M. Bellamy & J. Saville, eds., (1972–93)
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