|A Husbandman with his herd |
(Image from: www.wikipedia.org,
Painter: Paulus Potter (1625-1654),
1648, accessed 24th May 2014)
A husbandman was socially lower in status than a yeoman who was a farmer who owned no less than 100 acres of land.
My ancestor and 7x great grandfather, William Brown c1725 was from Cowling in Yorkshire and on the Kildwick Parish Church registers of the baptism of his daughter, Elizabeth, he is described as being a Husbandman.
Wikipedia - Husbandman
Oxford Dictionaries - Husbandman
Wikipedia - Yeoman