On 20 Mar 1718/19 a scribe wrote in the Lancashire, Church of England, Bishops' Transcripts "20 Thomas Son to Þe late Rever M.ɚ Ogden". This is a burial record. As best I can interpret it, it reads "20 Thomas Son to the late Reverend M. Ogden" However, I do not know what the ɚ is. It appears in superscript between the M. and Ogden. It looks like an upside down cursive e with a tail or flair. An image is attached. Can anyone tell me what it is an how it should be interpreted?enter image description here

  • Do you have a larger picture so that we can see the breadth of script elsewhere in the page? – Mitch Feb 12 at 1:30

It seems to say "Reverend Mr Ogden". The abbreviation "Mr" was sometimes written with a superscript, similar to how people still write 1st. You can see another example of this in this picture: The Reverend Mr James Hervey (1751).

  • Agreed. It's a superscript lowercase 'r'. I have seen lots of these. – Michael Harvey Feb 11 at 22:35
  • Yes, in England the term "Reverend" was, and officially still is so far as I know, considered to be a description rather than a title; so as an Anglican priest he would have been referred to as "the Reverend Mr Ogden" and, when addressed directly would have been called "Mr Ogden" rather than "Reverend Ogden". "Reverend Ogden" would be what most people say now but it is an import from American practice. – BoldBen Feb 12 at 12:08

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.