cost of updating a computer system - Dating of documents

1752 was the first year in England to officially begin on 1 January.

Until the Calendar Act of 1752, the year in England began officially on 25 March (Lady Day), and not 1 January (even though this was when New Year’s Day was celebrated).

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Thus the year number did not change until 25 March, so taking 1558 as an example, the dates ran as follows: So if you see a document dated any time between January and 24 March before 1752, be aware that in modern terms, you need to add a year.

In publications you may see this written as January 1750/51, the year as it was known at the time / the year as we know it now.

England therefore remained 10 days behind the New Style Calendar.

By 1752 England was some 11 days behind other European countries.

In Scotland, 1 January became the official beginning of the year in 1600, the day after 31 December 1599.

Some documents will be dated not by the calendar year but by the regnal year - how long the ruling monarch had been on the throne.

(Click for pdf version) Erich J Speckin The field of questioned documents examination covers several issues.

The best known is the examination of handwriting, handprinting, and signatures for authorship.

Counting was done in scores (a score = 20), so you will often come across something like this: xx iiij ( 20 over 4), which means 4 times 20, or four score, which is 80.

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