Compare this with the modern French word for 80 - quatre-vingts, ‘four twenties’.
Ordinal numbers are represented by superscript letters following them, just as today. Top of page Money was calculated in pounds, shillings and pence. The pound was represented either by ‘li’, or £: transcribe both with a £ sign before the amount given. It was worth two-thirds of a pound, that is 13s 4d.
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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.
This is also known as OS (Old Style) and NS (New Style).
The Calendar Act 1752 brought about further changes.
In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII had reformed the calendar, then in use, known as the Julian Calendar (named after Julius Caesar).
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Elizabeth I came to the throne on 17 November 1558, so 1 Elizabeth I means some time between 17 November 1558 and 16 November 1559.
Watch out for documents written in the reign of Charles II.
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).