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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