Bear in mind that Beauchesne and Baildon were writing masters, with two consequences: (i) some of the forms which they give will be more usual than other forms which they illustrate; and (ii) some very cursive forms will not appear in their alphabet. This page attempts to rectify that problem by illustrating the more usual forms where they provide several forms and by providing examples of very cursive forms which do not even appear in their alphabet.

An alphabet derived from a deed of 1667 - not all characters were represented in the deed.

[A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [H]
[I] [J] [K] [L] [M] [N] [O] [P]
[Q] [R] [S] [T] [U] [W] [X] [Y]


a

A

b note the looping of the ascender of lower case b

c lower case c is difficult - it is simply a minim with a short horizontal stroke at the top - here cc

C upper case C is like a nought with a cross in the middle

d note the looped ascender of lower case d

D

e this is the reverse e which developed in the mid 14th century and persists into mixed/round hands - here ee


E upper case E is difficult!

f

f upper case F is two lower case fs: ff, sometimes at different angles with a ligature

g note the direction and size of the tail of lower case g

g

h here he-

H

I/J upper case I and J are the same character

k difficult to distinguish from some upper case Rs

K here Kin with an exaggerated tail to the K

l

L upper case L has a large footprint with a long horizontal stroke - here Lor

m three vertical strokes [minims]

n two vertical strokes [minims] similar to u - so here un

p lower case x and p are similar but the tail of x loops under

P

q

r this r is similar to lower case c, but note that it has two vertical strokes

r note the two strokes which constitute lower case r

R here Rec

s double s comprising long s and short s

T upper case T is basically two curved strokes

W

x similar to p, but differentiated here by the loop of the tail to the right

y