Regency Era Lexicon – We Are Up to “H”

7433803_sRegency Era Lexicon – Time for the Letter “H”

Haberdasher – a man who dealt with small items for sewing, such as thread, needles, buttons, ribbons, etc.

Hack – a general-purpose riding horse; not used for hunting or military purposes

Hackney Coach – one for hire; the taxicabs of the early 1800s

Ha-Ha – a landscaping technique; a dug trench or sunken fence, not easily seen unless one was close to it

Hair Ring – a ring made from the hair of one’s sweetheart

Half Crown – an English coin worth two shillings and sixpence

Half Pay – a payment which kept military men on the active list; a step toward retirement

Handsome – a term used during the period to describe women, buildings, dresses, etc. (but not men)

Ha’Penny – a halfpenny

Hardtack – biscuits for sailors

Harrow – a frame with iron teeth which broke up the earth after the plowing was completed

Harvest – the cutting of the corn crop (Note: hay was “made” rather than cut)

Hatchment – a shield bearing the coat of arms of recently deceased person; was displayed on the front of the house and then in the church

Hedgerow – a row of hedge which served as a barrier to keep cattle/sheep from moving about too freely upon the land

Heir Apparent – the heir to property, regardless of any contingencies that might occur

Heir Presumptive – the heir who would inherit if certain contingencies did not occur

Hessian boots – long boots worn by German mercenaries who fought the colonists during the American War of Independence; were popular in the early part of the 1800s

High-Lows – a type of lace up boots

Hob – beside the grate; a place to put kettles to keep them warm

Honeymoon – the honeymoon actually meant the first time a couple had marital relations (not necessarily the journey celebrating their marriage); frequently, the bride’s sister or a close friend accompanied the couple

Honourable – a title used for all members of Parliament; also a “courtesy title,” one not accompanied by any legal rights (bestowed on viscounts and barons and the younger sons of earls)

Horse Guards – the cavalry who guarded the monarch; nicknamed the “Blues”; had barracks at Whitehall

Hostler (or Ostler) – tended to the horses of travelers at inns

Housekeeper – the top ranking female servant in a household

Housewife – a small case for carrying around items such as needles and thread to mend clothing (pronounced “huzzif”)

Hulks – old ships pressed into use in 1776 as “temporary” floating prisons; not abolished until 1858

Hundred – an ancient English unit of government, being the unit next down from a shire

Hunter – a horse bred specifically for fox hunts

Huntsman – the man at a hunt who kept the dogs under control and on the scent

Hussars – a cavalryman who wore a flamboyant uniform

Hyde Park – a 388-acre park in London’s West End; was the most fashionable park of the time

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2 Responses to Regency Era Lexicon – We Are Up to “H”

  1. Gerri Bowen says:

    Do you have any idea about this? Housewife – a small case for carrying around items such as needles and thread to mend clothing (pronounced “huzzif”) Just wondering. Kind of jumped out at me.

  2. Stick my bib in once again Regina, Hessian boots were worn by the men of the Hesse an old German State ruled by the House of Hesse from the mid 13th century to the 19th I think, the Battenbergs were I believe the rulers, as you probably aware, Prince Louis of Battenberg became the First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy and when WWI he very prudently changed the name to Mountbatten, now that name will ring a bell with your readers.

    One of the Battenbergs married Queen Victorias youngest daughter who in turn had a daughter who became Queen of Spain on her marriage.

    So now the heir apparent and the heir presumptive to the throne of England and the United Kingdoms all have some blood from the House of Hesse and undoubtably will wear hessian boots on ceremonial occasions.

    😀 🙄 O_o o_O

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