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The first year of George I's reign

GEORGE I (1660-1727). King of Great Britian and Ireland. Elector of Hanover.
Document Signed, a good bold signature, 1 page folio on vellum with papered seal and blue revenue stamps, given at St James's 11 January 1714/15. Appointing John Nutt to be a lieutenant in the regiment commanded by Lieutenant General William Seymour, the Queen's Regiment of Foot.

George I had succeeded to the throne on the death of Queen Anne on 1 August 1714. His first regnal year therefore ran until the end of July in the following year. Until 1752 the first day of the new year was officially 25 March, so the present document bears the date in the form of a fraction 1714/15 to indicate that under the old reckoning still in force in England (Scotland had changed in 1600) the year was to be known as 1714.
[No: 26553]

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