Mixed Media

Academics of several different Faculties, Authors, Lawyers, Civil Engineers, Landowners, Undergraduates, Postgraduates, family and local historians: some of the people I have helped with research, transcription and translation during 2016.  I won’t breach confidentiality; it’s up to them when and how they publish or use my work. But a couple of projects have gone into…

Borrowing Millions from a Capable Economist

Did Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown earn £2,000 a year as Head Gardener at Stowe in 1741? Or was it £65,500? These are the modern equivalents of the £25 per annum Brown was paid, as advanced by two different recent authors. The higher figure sounds like a good professional salary, and has been calculated by Professor Roderick…

Per unum annum revolutum usque ad festum Petronille virginis

I am casting my accounts because my business year has just ended. My accounting year ends on 31 May, not our UK fiscal new year’s day of 5th April, which is of course ‘Old Lady Day’. Until 1752, the New Year according to the traditional calendar was 25th March – the Annunciation of the Blessed…