1) In the past the term ‘neatherd’ was almost as frequent as ‘shepherd’.

John Coy of Azerley near Ripon was listed as a netehird in the poll tax of 1379, and several individuals in the same township bore the by-name or surname Netehird. The surname does not seem to have survived, but the occupational term certainly did and in 1606 Christopher Pressick had sundry misdemeanours proved against him … being late neathird of Carlton.

places Carlton
dates 1606

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