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28 Dec 2008)
I have at least two ancestors who were coopers and they were both in the Hair family. My great, great grandmother's sister, Hannah Hair (1861) married a cooper by the name of Herbert Williams (1862), who worked in the Paint Works, he probably made vessels to store the manufactured paint in (according to the 1911 census).
You can read more about them and their families in Chapters 9 and 10 of The Davidson Family.
Some information from:
Wikipedia - Cooper (Profession)
Telegraph - the last master cooper
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