A few chronological examples of words written in various hands and spellings

 abowt (about)

1588

accordyng (according)

1513

accordyngly (accordingly)

1545

 

 

 

accordingly

1599

accordinge (according)

1571

 

 

 

 

accusat(i)on (accusation)

1533

acquaynted (acquainted)

1591

adm(inis)trators (administrators)

1614

aduertise (advertise)

1547

adu(er)tised (advertised)

1524

advyse (advice)

1551

to advyse (to advise)

1571

the aduise and consaill (the advice and counsel)

1529
the afforeseid (the aforesaid)
 
1551

against

1599

Annexed (annexed)

1607

awnswer (answer)

1588
auntiant (ancient)
1559

(apoynted) appointed

1570

thapp(er)ten(i)nc(es) (the appurtenances)

1537

arguynge (arguing)

1572

art(ic)le (article)

1534

artillerye (artillery)

1582

auctorytie (authority)

1551

 

 

 

auctoritie (authority)

1599

bags of pepp(er) (bags of pepper)

1591

baylywick (bailiwick)

1587

bearer

1557
1591

bycawse (because)

1588

bere (beer)

1568

gotten w(i)th childe (gotten with child)

1598

 

 

 

 

begotten w(i)th child

1601

bett(er)

1551

byd (bid)

1555

bisshop (bishop)

1562

 

 

 

 

 

byshope (bishop)

1571

Book(es) bought (books bought)

1576

brother

1599

Butt(e)r (butter)

1568

Castle

1616

s(yr)ten (certain)

Chancery (chancery)

1616
Chardg(es) (charges)
1576

Charyott (chariot)

1581

Chest

1581

chosyne (chosen)

1550

Church wardens

1581

Churchyard

1606

clerk

1515

Clerks and Seru(au)nts (clerks and servants)

1561

 

 

 

 

clocke (clock)

1599

Coffyn making (coffin making)

1568

com(e) a myse (come amiss)

1557

comendacions (commendations)

1570

Co(m)mission (commission)

1570

co(m)myssion(er)s (commissioners)

1572

Commynykacion (communication)

1549

cons(er)nynge (concerning)

1581

 

 

 

 

consyderac(i)ons (considerations)

1547

y(ou)r consyderation

1579

co(n)clusions (conclusions)

1532

 

 

 

the hooll co(n)sistorie (the whole consistory)

1532

co(n)venyent (convenient)

convenient

convicted

1595

copye

1570
Corps
1568

Countie (county)

1614
1614

Co(u)rt of Spayne (court of Spain)

1564

Cort Rowlles (Court rolls)

1557

doth covenant and graunt (does covenant and grant)

1614

creato(u)r (creator)

1538

credyte (credit)

 
1573

creditt (credit)

1591
Credito(ur) (creditor)
1579

custumes (customs)

1532

a damasking dagger (a damascene dagger)

1554

daughter

day

1599

debt(es) (debts)

1606

decyphered (deciphered)

1593
dyffence (defence)
1515

defendo(ur) (defender)

1640

delayes (delays)

1513

 

 

 

 

delyte (delight)

1593

delyu(er)d (delivered)

1568

delyu(er)y (delivery)

1570

dep(ar)ted (departed)

1536

dep(ar)ting (departing)

1606

dep(ar)ture (departure)

1580
1588
1593

deputie (deputy)

1532

directyd (directed)

1547

desyring (desiring)

1606

 

desyrous (desirous)

1598
 

devise

1570

differences

1579

disbursed

1549
1590

dyschardge (discharge)

1570
1660

discretion of my executour (discretion of my executor)

1606

my dispatchinge (my dispatching)

1585

 

 

 

 

devyne s(er)vice (divine service) 

1581

dyspleasynge (displeasing)

1592

do

1593

dowbting (doubting)

1571

drawght (draft)

1572

dewe (due)

1569

dutie (duty)

1579
1606

my humbell duty (my humble duty)

1587

dwelled

1538

dwelling

1601

Therle (the Earl)

1562
earnestlie (earnestly)
1593

Easter

1598

In Clossid (enclosed)

englishemen (Englishmen)

1582

ent(ire)ly

1456

 

estate

1606

estimate

1599

eu(er)

1606

eu(er)y (every)

1580

evidence

1599

Executo(u)rs (executors)

1594

heires (heirs)

1594

heriditam(en)t(es) (hereditaments)

1594

increase

1560

Ingrossinge (engrossing)

1572

inquirie (enquiry)

1599

interteignement (entertainment)

1549

Interteyneme(n)t (entertainment)

1560

esquyer (esquire)

esquire
1548

 

 

 

 

1570

eu(er)mor(e) (evermore)

1538

ex(am)ina(t/cion) (examination)

1612

examinac(i)ons conc(er)ning (examinations concerning)

1580

examyned (examined)

1538
1588

exceedinglye (exceedingly)

1593

thexcheker (the exchequer)

1564

Expens(es) (expenses)

1568

expresse (expresse)

1571

expressed 

1579

Ex(tr)aordinarie Charges (extraordinary charges)

1578

extra ordinary payment(es) (extraordinary payments)

1576

father

1599

fishe (fish)

1576

 

flowers

1581

furnyshed (furnished)

1596

furnishinge (furnishing)

1551

furnyture (furniture)

1551

geldinge (gelding)

1525
1535
1554
1570

gentl(eman) (gentleman)

1570
1640

I geue & bequeth (I give and bequeath)

1606

geeven (given)

1592

god wyll(in)g (God willing)

1565

grudg(es) (grudges)

1561

gwardyan (guardian)

1605

handwryting 

1591

hartiest (heartiest)

1571

have 

1571

havyng (having)

1603

 

yo(ur) hono(u)r (your honour)

1582

horseback and on fote (horseback and on foot)

1545

howse (house)

1556

howss (house)

1570

howsehould stuffe (household stuff)

1594

thesaid housseplace (the said house-place)

1538

Imprysoned (imprisoned)

1588

indebtid (indebted)

1583

 

yndeede (indeed)

1565

This Indentur(e) (this indenture)

 

1538

 

 

 

 

 

Iniuryes (injuries)

1532

Issuyng (issuing)

1560

Jewlye (July)

1561

iust & reasonable (just and reasonable)

1603

know

1606

kyll (kill)

1579

(th)e kyng(es)

1592

land(es) (landes)

larnyd (learned)

1565

alett(e)r (a letter)

1591

a l(ett)re (a letter)

 
1620

let(te)rs (letters) 

1593

L(ett)ers of credence (letters of credence)

1532

our form(er) l(ett)res (our former letters)

1561

 

 

 

my said l(ett)res (my said letters)

1532

lyable (liable)

1606

lib(er)tie (liberty)

1579

Lighthorsme(n) (light horsemen)

1560

lyke (like)

1588

lykewise (likewise)

1599

lymyt(es) (limits)

1545

y(ou)r L(ord)ship (Your Lordship)

1607

yo(u)r lo(rdshi)pps (your lordships)

1616

lowe Coontrye (Low Country)

1588

maid s(er)vant (maidservant)

1606

her maiesties (her majesty’s)

1579

 

 

 

 

maister mason (master mason)

1532

man(ner) (manner) 

1557

in mann(er) & forme (in manner and form)

1606

manservaunt (manservant)

1606

m(aster)

1565

m(aster)shipe (mastership)

1557

matter(s) (matters)

1560

mayo(u)r (mayor)

1580

marchandyse (merchandise)

1578

m(er)chandize (merchandise)

1560

merchandize (merchandise)

1580

m(er)chandise (merchandise)

1580

merchauntaylo(u)r (merchant taylor)

1606

m(er)cie (mercy)

1599

mydsomer (midsummer)

1561

myles (miles)

1561

myserablie (myserably)

1579

misrule

1551
mondaye (Monday), Tewsdaie (Tuesday), wenusdaie (Wednesday), Thursdaie (Thursday), ffryedaie (Friday), Saterdaie (Saturday)
1572

Such muney (such money)

1590

Nephewe (nephew)

1594

neu(er) (never)

1580

neu(er)thelas (nevertheless)

1516

next

1599

northe (North)

1568

a breefe note (a brief note)

1607

 

offic(er)s & s(er)vant(es) (officers and servants)
1577

yo(ur) orato(ur) (your orator)

1616

oxford (Oxford)

1565

Oxeforde (Oxford)

1571

 

 

 

 

 

pasyfycatyon (pacification)

1588

packet 

1586

Pacquet (packet)

1593

a packett of l(ett)res (a packet of letters)

1564

p(ar)cels (parcels)

1598

p(ar)ish church (parish church)

1566

our paryshe (our parish)

1570

p(ar)liament (parliament)

1535

in good p(ar)te (in good part)

1561

particuler (particular)

1599

partycularyties (particularities)

1579

p(ar)ticulerly (particularly)

1571

 

 

 

 

p(ar)tycularly (particularly)

1579

 

p(ar)ticulers (particulars)

1606

the p(ar)tic(u)lers (the particulars)

1616

paymentt (payment)

1544

paym(en)t (payment)

1568

p(er)fect

1599

p(er)plexed

1599

eu(er)y p(er)son (every person)

1594

in p(er)son (in person)

1533

y(ou)r p(er)sone (your person)

1547

p(er)son

1586

p(er)sonages (personages)

1590

p(er)swade (persuade)

1605

p(er)suaded (persuaded)

1599

p(er)tayninge (pertaining)

1551

pley(er)s (players)

1549

plesyth (pleases)

1549
 

the pleas(ure)

1557

plesire (pleasure)

1565

poore (poor)

1599

possession

1571

to o(u)r full po(we)r (to our full power)

1539

p(re)desessors (predecessors)

p(re)ferm(en)t (preferment)

1568

p(re)ferment (preferment)

1568
1570

 

 

 

 

 

p(rei)udyce (prejudice)

1598

p(re)misses (premisses)

1548

p(re)misses (premisses)

1596

p(re)misses (premisses)

1606

prep(ar)ation (preparation)

1560

p(re)pare

1551

p(re)posterous (preposterous)

1570

in the presence

1587

present

1582
 

p(re)sently

1579

p(re)sently

1580

pres(er)uac(i)on (preservation)

1547
p(re)sident (president)
1616

prynce (prince)

1547
1560

prison

1579

p(ro)cured

1579

p(ro)curing (procuring)

1620

p(ro)mise

1606
p(ro)p(er)tid makers (propertied makers)
1581

p(ro)p(er)ties & necessaries (properties and necessaries)

1581

p(ro)tested (protested)

1603

provided

1599
p(ro)vins(es) provinces
1592

purpose

1555

Quenes (queen’s)

1568

quene of Scott(es) (Queen of Scots)

1569

the Quenes Ma(ies)tie (the Queen’s majesty)

1564

the Realme (the realm)

1570

rebells

1497

receive

1614

receyved (received)

1561

Receyved (received)

1569

receved (received)

1591

resyvyd (received)

1592

Receyved (received)

1598

reco(m)pense

1568

rectifycat(ion)e (rectification)

1557

the Raigne of o(u)r Sou(er)aigne (the reign of our sovereign)

1606

Resseuyd s(er)ten (received certain)

1557

reigne (reign)

1509

religione (religion)

1559

remayne (remain)

1548

yo(ur) ffrendlye rem(e)mbrance (your friendly remembrance)

1561

reme(m)bre (remember)

1591

rent

1603

request

1599

at the request of

1506
Resident (resident)
 
1564

Resolution (resolution)

1598

be resolued (be resolved)

1585
retynewe (retinue) 
1560
 

retorne (return)

1978

the sayd (the said)

1506

the sayd (the said)

1513

the said

1549

the sayd (the said)

1590

St Johns Colledge (Saint John’s College)

1571

satisfy

1606

satisfied

1634

 

 

 

 

scripture scited (scripture cited)

1603

sendyng (sending)

1485

to send 

1513

septemb(er) (September)

1607

s(e)rmon (sermon)

1566

a s(er)pent (a serpent)

1537

 

 

 

 

 

the oulde serpente (the old serpent)

1587

a serpent

1603

seru(au)nte (servant)

1534

 

 

 

 

a s(er)vant (a servant) 

1538

 

 

 

 

my seru(au)nte (my servant)

1516

servaunts (servants)

1547

sarvants (servants)

 
1562

Servaunt (servant)

1564

yo(u)r s(er)uaunt (your servant)

1538
S(e)rua(u)nt(es) wag(es) (servants’ wages) 
1576

s(er)vyng man (servingman)

1526

services

1497

service

1599
the seu(er)all (the several)
1616

Seu(er)all poynts (several points)

1603

shal be greatly (shall be greatly)

1571

Shippe (ship)

1570

should

1579

owght of syght (out of sight)

1561

signed

1616

synce (since)

1588

S(ir) (Sir)

1557

the Sayd Syr (the said Sir)

1549

Sister

1570

syster (sister)

1570

slayne (slain)

1565

sorte(sort)

1565

sond(er) (sounder)

1551

his sou(er)ain (his sovereign)

1524

 

 

 

 

o(u)r sou(er)eygne (our sovereign)

1551

spaniells (spaniels)

1582

to speike (to speak)

1516

spediest (speediest)

1561

strange

1599

stuffes (stuffs)

1616

subgiets (subjects)

1532

subsidie (subsidy)

1559

subscrybe (subscribe)

1571

such sufficyent dusties (such sufficient duties)

1538

sundry

1513

suspected 

1581

sweet smelling

1580

testament

1526
1599

thanckes (thanks)

1599

this

1586

thowght (thought)

1570
1588

thraldome (thraldom)

1581

to morrow

1599

towchy(n)ge (touching)

1567

(tolde) told

1578

toward(es) (towards)

1524
 

toward(es) (towards)

1593

 

 

 

 

 

treasons

1607

treasouror (treasurer)

1532

troblesome dealing(es) (troublesome dealings) 

1587

Tryall (trial)

1579

trouthe (truth)

1557

Tewsday (Tuesday)

1607

tundrestand (to understand)

1545

vzuance (usance) 

1579

Vicechimb(er)leyn (Vice-chamberlain)

1551

warrante (warrant)

1548

weyghtye affayres (weighty affairs)

1547

I went

1581

Whearas (whereas)

1592

where

1565

wydowe (widow)

1570

whoes (whose)

1599

widowe (widow)

1581

w(i)t(h) wynes (with wines)

1561

wytnes (witness)

1551

witnes (witness)

1564

witnesse (witness)

1580

to write

1586

wryteinge (writing)

1606

written

1524

wryghten (written)

1549

wrytten (written)

1570
1571

hastelye wryten (hastily written)

1561

yeare (year)

1599

yest(er)day (yesterday)

1550