Cannon's life during his period in the Excise does not conform to the stereotype of the exciseman
as a social outcast, hated by all for his grasping ways in the service of the state.
He was, by the trade of his father, a corset-maker, retrained as an exciseman
, before turning to politics and philosophy.
He spent much of his life around south west Scotland where he was a farmer and exciseman
before his literary reputation fully flourished and fortune followed.
Even Adams's wife, by pointing out that charity begins at home, is motivated by self-interest; she turns against Joseph and Fanny because she is afraid that by helping them she will anger Lady Booby: "She had long entertained hopes of seeing her eldest Daughter succeed Mrs Slipslop, and of making her second Son an Exciseman
by Lady Booby's Interest" (306).
In former days, when the coastguard was inefficient and the exciseman
lax, the men of the fishing village were reckoned to be 'the very kings of smugglers'.
Beset by the exciseman
, it would appear the fizz is leaking from this European drinking revolution, which was in any case--said the UK association--an already declining market.
HE wasn't a very good farmer and changed career to become an exciseman
, but his talent for writing simple poetry which cut through hypocrisy made him Scotlan's most famous poet.
The book tells the tale of a drunken night in April 1803 when exciseman
Frankie Bevan seized more than 400 four gallon casks of smuggled whisky at Pennard.
Over the years, those criminals could have encountered some famous people: Geoffrey Chaucer was a Customs officer for 12 years, while Robert Burns wrote about his time as an exciseman
in the 1700s and legendary economist Adam Smith became Commissioner of Customs at Edinburgh in 1778.
Rose Biquall and Rose Murphy joined Thomas Davis and John Bell in assaulting Lawrence Parker, an exciseman
, when he inspected the house of correction at Tothill Fields.
In 1774, Paine separated from his wife and was dismissed as an exciseman
for inattention to his post.
your father may have been a pedlar or an exciseman
, you will entertain a
This is a realistic and restrained biography of the small farmer's son - well read if spasmodically educated - the poet, and the exciseman
in search of promotion.
However, he would visit more frequently after securing a job as an Exciseman
and meeting to chat with regulars while reading newspapers with the latest events from home and abroad including the French Revolution.
IF YOU know your Rabbie Burns, you will know he spent his later years as an exciseman