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A receipt from George Heriot's Hospital from 1714.
23 Mar 2023
Written by Eilidh Hamilton
Going back to 1714.
Going back to 1714.

For #ThrowbackThursday, we present an example of a receipt from 1714, acknowledging wages and payment from George Heriot’s Hospital. Around this time, the handwriting was changing, moving away from what is known as Secretary's hand. The use of the thorn and yogh had disappeared, leaving us with the modern 26-letter English alphabet. 

Peacock’s backward e, the x, v and spelling suggest he was an older gentleman who had learnt Secretary's hand, this receipt also shows the move away from Scots to English after the 1707 Union.


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