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[#82049] Meaning of Rorskarl v Toldb.

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Guest Mary EllenPeterson

I think that Rorskarl means an oarsman but I don't know if Toldb. would be a job or a place in Telemark. Thank you

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Guest Geir Eide

Toldb. is an abreviation for _toldboden_ (tollboden these days) In english :Customs office or house. Toll = custom, bod= small house, even small room.

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Guest Leif Biberg Kristensen

Yes, Rorskarl is an oarsman. «Toldb.» is an abbreviation for Toldboden, the customs house. It was usual that the customs officers were rowed out to incoming ships to inspect the cargo on board, before the crew had a chance to unload contrabande.

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Guest Jarl V. Erichsen

Could 'Toldb.' be an abreviation for Toldbetjent?

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Guest Geir Eide

4:Yes, but not in this context.

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Guest Leif Biberg Kristensen

Jarl, the term «Rorskarl v Toldb.» implies quite clearly that he is an oarsman at the customs house. The «v» is the usual abbreviation of «ved», or «at» in English.

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Guest Jarl V. Erichsen

Opps. I missed the context in the headline. In my family history my gg grandfather first was rorskarl and then became toldbetjent.

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