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Re: He is a 'what' & Gentleman?
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday 19 March 19 08:32 GMT (UK) »
Could it be decay'd?

I'm 100% certain that it is decay'd. A not uncommon word at this period for the very elderly or frail or worn out gentry.

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Re: He is a 'what' & Gentleman?
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday 19 March 19 08:57 GMT (UK) »
Stray?

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Re: He is a 'what' & Gentleman?
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 19 March 19 09:07 GMT (UK) »
I think a Doray's gentleman makes sense. All the other descriptions are also possessive - a Tailor's child etc.
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Re: He is a 'what' & Gentleman?
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 19 March 19 09:16 GMT (UK) »
I think a Doray's gentleman makes sense.

If you look at the writing elsewhere on the page it's clear that the second letter is 'e'. The third letter is 'c', which makes the word decay'd.
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Re: He is a 'what' & Gentleman?
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday 19 March 19 09:37 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

I agree entirely with the comments re: "o", "r" and "e".

However... ;D I think his name is not Rowborough, but Newborough.
As we have established, the 2nd letter is definitely an "e".
The line which appears to be part of the "R" is actually the tail from the "y" in "young" in the line above.

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Re: He is a 'what' & Gentleman?
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday 19 March 19 09:56 GMT (UK) »
The last letter is definitely d.. have a look at how the word child is written. So it could well be decay'd as they often ommitted the e before the d. Meaning an elderly frail gentleman not just a man ( usually meant of independent means)
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Re: He is a 'what' & Gentleman?
« Reply #15 on: Tuesday 19 March 19 10:26 GMT (UK) »
Comparing letters I would say yes it is decay'd and I also agree with Karen that his name is Thomas Newborough rather than Rowborough.

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Re: He is a 'what' & Gentleman?
« Reply #16 on: Tuesday 19 March 19 10:30 GMT (UK) »
Agreed, the surname is Newborough. The descender from the 'y' in the line above makes the capital letter look a bit like an 'R'.
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Re: He is a 'what' & Gentleman?
« Reply #17 on: Tuesday 19 March 19 11:13 GMT (UK) »
To concur ~  decay'd and Newborough.


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