13 November 2013

The Countess of Chatham's birthday in the Gregorian calendar

The Countess of Chatham - better known as Hester Chatham, William Pitt the younger’s mother - was born on November 8, 1720. That is her birthday according to the Julian calendar which was in place at the date of her birth. In the early 1750s, this calendar was replaced with what we use to this day - the Gregorian calendar.

Using this handy little conversion tool, I typed in Hester’s birthday in order to work out what her birthday would have been according to the modern day Gregorian calendar:

Guess what it is? November 19th! Coincidentally, dear Reader, this is the same as my own.

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