Bob Cratchit

Bob Cratchit
A Christmas Carol character
Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim as depicted in the 1870s by Fred Barnard
First appearance A Christmas Carol 1843
Created by Charles Dickens
Nickname(s) Bob
Gender Male
Occupation Clerk
Spouse(s) Mrs. Cratchit (named Emily in some adaptations)
Children Martha,
an unnam ed son (named Matthew in some adaptations),
an unnamed daughter,
Tiny Tim.

Robert "Bob" Cratchit is a fictional character in the Charles Dickens novella A Christmas Carol. The abused, underpaid clerk of Ebenezer Scrooge, Cratchit has come to symbolize poor working conditions, especially long working hours.[1]

According to a comment by his wife, Cratchit works for 15 shillings a week at a rate of three pence ("thruppence") an hour for 60 hours per week. Until the decimalization of the British Pound in 1971, one shilling was twelve pence. Thus, fifteen shillings is 180 pence. It would take 60 hours to earn 180 at a rate of three pence per hour.[2] In terms of 2015 purchasing power, this would be approximately £63.00[3] or about $94 US per week.


Seven members of Cratchit's family are mentioned in the original story, four of whom are named:

Notable actors who portrayed Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol

The role of Bob Cratchit has been performed (live action, voiced or animated) by, among others:


  1. "Wall Street: Bob Cratchit Hours". Time Magazine. 18 August 1967. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  2. "Understanding old British money - pounds, shillings and pence". Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  3. "Purchase Power of the Pound". Measuring Worth. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
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