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Unknown occupation

Postby ajcris13 » 24 Sep 2013, 02:44

One of my relatives lists his career as "Portiere di Vicaria" The location is Napoli in the 1780's. I believe that Vicaria is one of the districts of Napoli. I have no idea what this occupation could be and was wondering if anyone could help me.

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Re: Unknown occupation

Postby PippoM » 24 Sep 2013, 08:26

Yes, Vicaria is one of the districts of Napoli, but I think Vicaria also had other meanings, that now are lost.
For instance, the "Gran Corte della Vicaria" was a Court in Naples, he may have been a clerk in it.
I also found some references in Google Books to "portiere di Vicaria" as a specifici job, but there was no explanation of it.
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Re: Unknown occupation

Postby ajcris13 » 24 Sep 2013, 22:55

Thank you
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Re: Unknown occupation

Postby 1cathy » 24 Sep 2013, 23:38

Porters would help people carry belongings. House movers.
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Re: Unknown occupation

Postby liviomoreno » 25 Sep 2013, 07:58

Portiere is the doorman, concierge...
I have no idea of what "Portiere di Vicaria" could be...
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Re: Unknown occupation

Postby paola52 » 26 Sep 2013, 13:07

In eighteen century Naples Vicaria Civile and Vicaria Criminale were two courts of justice.
If I understand rightly the reference in google books that Pippo found, a "portiere" was a lesser official charged of carrying legal documents
http://books.google.it/books?id=AVjeBkn ... re&f=false
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Re: Unknown occupation

Postby PippoM » 27 Sep 2013, 12:30

I think Paola got the right meaning.
Very good find!!
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Re: Unknown occupation

Postby ajcris13 » 28 Sep 2013, 14:19

Thank you both very much
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