Without the items in hand, my guess is that William Kent Butcher and William Kent Baker had an altercation, disturbing the peace and ended up in court. So, the only thing wrong with the authority record is that a note should be included that these are really two people—or one person with two occupations.

 

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Oh, much better to disambiguate; resorting to butcher-baker-candlestickmaker should be a last resort.

 

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Since this is an LC AR referring to just one record in their catalog, I think it was a thinkographical error.    But, IF there was one William Kent who was butcher, baker and candlestick maker, and three headings were established, would this be better or worse than glumping umpteen William Kents into one heading?   This is probably something we could argue for a long time without consensus, but I'd vote for disambiguation, even if it occasionally turns a person into more than one person (which is allowed by the rule for "separate bibliographic entities")

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I just came across an authority record that, assuming a typographical error (or a thinkographical error) wasn't made, could be used as the poster-child NAR for avoiding using a person's occupation or other function in a heading.
 
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100 Kent, William, ǂc baker
670 Kent, William, butcher. Report of the proceedings at the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the county of Berks, held at Reading, January 16, 1811, 1811: ǂb t.p. (William Kent)
670 NUC pre-1956 ǂb (hdg.: Kent, William, baker, appellant)
 
 
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