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"Ao. Ci." abbreviations
« on: Sunday 31 December 17 06:39 GMT (UK) »
Any ideas what looks like 'Ao. Ci' is on this? It's a brass plaque on a pew in a church.
There is more to it - I don't think the thing was necessarily written in 1667, but much later, naming all the people who had the pew.
'I Holland' was a John Holland.

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Re: "Ao. Ci." abbreviations
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 31 December 17 08:12 GMT (UK) »
Just guessing  ::)
A.O. -- Alii omnes, Amico optimo.
C.I. -- Caius Julius, Consul jussit, Curavit judex.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_classical_abbreviations
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Re: "Ao. Ci." abbreviations
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 31 December 17 09:10 GMT (UK) »
The date is 1667, which was in the reign of Charles II.
So I would hazard a guess that Ao Ci is shorthand for A(nn)o (regni) C(arol)i (in the reign of King Charles)  :-\
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Re: "Ao. Ci." abbreviations
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 31 December 17 09:48 GMT (UK) »
Or could it be A[nn]o C[hrist]i, instead of A[nn]o D[omin]i?
Researching among others:
Bartle, Bilton, Campbell, Craven, Emmott, Harcourt, Hirst, Kellet(t), Kennedy,
Meaburn, Mennile/Meynell, Metcalf(e), Palliser, Robinson, Rutter, Shipley, Stow, Wilkinson

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Re: "Ao. Ci." abbreviations
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 31 December 17 09:57 GMT (UK) »
The date is 1667, which was in the reign of Charles II.
So I would hazard a guess that Ao Ci is shorthand for A(nn)o (regni) C(arol)i (in the reign of King Charles)  :-\

That sounds good Jen   ;D
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Re: "Ao. Ci." abbreviations
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 31 December 17 10:45 GMT (UK) »
Or could it be A[nn]o C[hrist]i, instead of A[nn]o D[omin]i?

I think I'm with Arthur on this one, given the church context, and the fact that there is no regnal year.

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Re: "Ao. Ci." abbreviations
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 31 December 17 11:49 GMT (UK) »
I was rather proud of my idea, but Arthur's is better  :D
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Re: "Ao. Ci." abbreviations
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 31 December 17 13:11 GMT (UK) »
Like Bookbox said, I felt that if it was referring to the king, it would give some indication of which of his years it was. But I did mull over a few possibilities before Anno Christi hit me.
Researching among others:
Bartle, Bilton, Campbell, Craven, Emmott, Harcourt, Hirst, Kellet(t), Kennedy,
Meaburn, Mennile/Meynell, Metcalf(e), Palliser, Robinson, Rutter, Shipley, Stow, Wilkinson

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Re: "Ao. Ci." abbreviations
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 31 December 17 19:49 GMT (UK) »
Many thanks everybody.

And a Happy New Year, (already where I am!)   :D
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