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Are these 2 examples ifthe one man's signature???
« on: Sunday 29 May 11 00:46 BST (UK) »
Hello rootschatters!  I would like some expert opinions on the following two signatures. 

The right hand signature features that of my gg grandfather....while the lefthand image's signature is from, I believe, the same man, 7 years later.  :-\

What do you think?

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Re: Are these 2 examples ifthe one man's signature???
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 29 May 11 01:00 BST (UK) »
Hi anabanana :)

Yes, I would say they are the same.  There are enough similarities amongst the differences, if that makes sense.

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Re: Are these 2 examples ifthe one man's signature???
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 29 May 11 08:29 BST (UK) »
I think they are probably the same person too.

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Re: Are these 2 examples ifthe one man's signature???
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 29 May 11 08:46 BST (UK) »
Signatures in general can be very variable, both in terms of the writing and whether the full Christian name is given or just an initial. I have even some examples where the same person signs in full on one occasion and puts an X mark on another. Sometimes it is just down to the state of the nib on the pen!

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Re: Are these 2 examples ifthe one man's signature???
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 29 May 11 09:25 BST (UK) »
As long as you're not looking at the same clerk's writing....
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Re: Are these 2 examples ifthe one man's signature???
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 29 May 11 09:48 BST (UK) »
In Scotland what you see on a birth or death certificate, as here, are the actual signatures of the informants.

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Re: Are these 2 examples ifthe one man's signature???
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 29 May 11 10:55 BST (UK) »
They look very similar to me - most of the flourishes are the same between them :)
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Re: Are these 2 examples ifthe one man's signature???
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 29 May 11 11:13 BST (UK) »
Thanks so much all  ;D 

The next sight I get of Donald's signature is in the next birth certificate, of his daughter (1874), and he seems to have added more of a flourish to the capital D ... and he also writes Mac, as opposed to Mc. ???

Also, his marriage certificate (1869) doesn't seem to help - the whole thing looks like its been written by one hand, ie the registrar.  :-X

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MacRae, MacLeod, MacPherson, MacQueen, Nicolson, Lobban, Riddoxh, Mann, Bertram