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Most people today are still familiar with the classic Roman numerals.
Be aware, however, that you will find them represented in a slightly different way in documents written in English. A ‘1’ by itself, or at the end of a number, was usually represented by a ‘j’.
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.
‘1 Elizabeth I’ means the first year of the reign of Elizabeth I.
By 1752 England was some 11 days behind other European countries.So in 1752 these days had to be cut out of the year to make the adjustment.Therefore Wednesday 2 September 1752 was followed immediately by Thursday 14 September.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.
This is also known as OS (Old Style) and NS (New Style).