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

 abowt (about)

1588

absence

1597

accordyng (according)

1513

accordyngly (accordingly)

1545

 

 

 

accordingly

1599

accordinge (according)

1571

 

 

 

 

accusat(i)on (accusation)

1533

acquayntance (acquaintance)

1580

acquaynted (acquainted)

1591

adm(inis)trators (administrators)

Admyrall (admiral)

1557

advauncem(en)t (advancement)

1576

aduertise (advertise)

1547

adu(er)tised (advertised)

1524

Adu(er)tyzed (advertised)

1585

advyse (advice)

1551

to advyse (to advise)

1571

the aduise and consaill (the advice and counsel)

1529
the afforeseid (the aforesaid)
 
1551

against

1599

thambassado(ures) (the ambassadors)

1528

amplyfyed (amplified)

1572

And

1577

Awndyrons (andirons)

1560

 

Annexed (annexed)

1607

app(er)eth

1591

awnswer (answer)

1588

answerable

1590

 

auntiant (ancient)
1559

apley (apply)

1565

(apoynted) appointed

1570

Ap(ri)le (April)

1557

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

1537

arguynge (arguing)

1572

Armes (arms)

1581

art(ic)le (article)

1534

artillerye (artillery)

1582

auctorytie (authority)

1551

 

 

 

auctoritie (authority)

1599

away

1586

bags of pepp(er) (bags of pepper)

1591

baskett(es)

1560

baylywick (bailiwick)

1587

be

1571

berer (bearer)

1553

bearer

1557
1591

becawse (because)

1577

bycawse (because)

1588

because

1590

bed

1554

been

1559

behauio(ur) (behavior)

1582

bere (beer)

1568

besiege

1600

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

blasphemys (blasphemies)

1572

Book(es) bought (books bought)

1576

bounte (bounty)

1579

brother

1599

Butt(e)r (butter)

1568

call

1585

Carpinters (carpenter’s)

Castle

1586
1616

catholik(es) Catholics

cawtherne (cauldron)

1560

cawse (cause)

1582

s(yr)ten (certain)

 

certifieng (certifying)

1586

chayne (chain)

1572

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

 

 

 

 

coniectures (conjectures)

1571

consyderac(i)ons (considerations)

1547

y(ou)r consyderation

1579

co(n)clusions (conclusions)

1532

 

 

 

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

1532

Contented

1584

Controu(er)sie (Controversy)

1593

co(n)venyent (convenient)

convenient

convicted

1595

copie (copy)

1559

copye (copy)

1570

coppied (copied)

1582

copiholde (copyhold)

1582
Corps
1568

cold (could)

1573

comodytye (commodity)

1572

Cowncell (counsel)

1582

Countie (county)

1614
1614

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

1564

Cort Rowlles (Court rolls)

1557

cousin

1576

doth covenant and graunt (does covenant and grant)

1614

creato(u)r (creator)

1538

credybelly (credibly)

1569

credyte (credit)

 
1573

creditt (credit)

1591

Credyt (Credit)

1590
Credito(ur) (creditor)
1579

Crossing

1596

Cupberer (cupbearer)

1576

curtesie (curtesy)

1578

Custody

1560

custumes (customs)

1532

Custom(er)s

1596

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)ye (delivery)

1554

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

dyned (dined)

1581

disbursed

1549
1590

dyschardge (discharge)

1570
1660

discourse

1586

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

don (done)

1572

do(o/u/n)ne (done)

1578

dowbte (doubt)

1586

dowbting (doubting)

1571

drawght (draft)

1572

Dvblyn (Dublin)

1569

dewe (due)

1569

duelie (duly)

1578

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)

effecte (effect)

1584

endevored (endevoured)

1586

englishemen (Englishmen)

1582

ent(ire)ly

1456

 

esq(uie)r (esquire)

1591

estate

1606

estimate

1599

eu(er)

1606

eu(er)y (every)

1579
1580

eu(er)y bodie (everybody)

1593

evidence

1599

euell (evil)

1577

excuses

1569

Executo(u)rs (executors)

1594

expecta(n)ci(e)s

1578

exp(re)ssinge (expressing)

1592

Ingrossinge (engrossing)

1572

inquirie (enquiry)

1599

interteignement (entertainment)

1549

Interteyneme(n)t (entertainment)

1560

esquyer (esquire)

esquire
1548

 

 

 

 

1570

Eternal

1596

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
1560
1588

exceedinglye (exceedingly)

1593

thexcheker (the exchequer)

1564

excused

1572

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

ffether (feather)

1560

ff(F)yrste (first)

1557

fishe (fish)

1576

 

flete (fleet)

1559

flowers

1581

forrayne (foreign)

1986

 

foure (four)

1560

frynd (friend)

1572

frendshipp (friendship)

1596

furnyshed (furnished)

1596

furnishinge (furnishing)

1551

furnyture (furniture)

1551

geldinge (gelding)

1525
1535
1554
1570

gentl(eman) (gentleman)

1570
1640

gyfftes (gifts)

1578

I geue & bequeth (I give and bequeath)

1606

geeven (given)

1592

gyveing (giving)

1582

to gyve god thank(es) (to give God thanks)

1581

god wyll(in)g (God willing)

1565

gowte (gout)

1589

great

1572

grudg(es) (grudges)

1561

gwardyan (guardian)

1605

handwryting 

1591

hartiest (heartiest)

1571

have 

1571
1589

havyng (having)

1603

 

hawkes (hawkes)

1585

hartelye (heartily)

1590

heires (heirs)

1594

erbes (herbs)

1560

heriditam(en)t(es) (hereditaments)

1594

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

1582

horseback and on fote (horseback and on foot)

1545

horses

1586

howse (house)

1556

howss (house)

1570

howses (houses)

1596

howsehould stuffe (household stuff)

1594

thesaid housseplace (the said house-place)

1538

Imprysoned (imprisoned)

1588

inasmoche (inasmuch)

1520

increase

1560

indebtid (indebted)

1583

 

yndeede (indeed)

1565

This Indentur(e) (this indenture)

 

1538

 

 

 

 

 

inhabita(n)t(es)

1592

Iniuryes (injuries)

1532

intended

1586

Issuyng (issuing)

1560

Jewlye (July)

1561

iust & reasonable (just and reasonable)

1603

know

1606

kyll (kill)

1579

killed

1586

kild (killed)

1600

(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

liberall (liberal)

1590

lib(er)tie (liberty)

1579

lib(er)ties (liberties)

1579

Lighthorsme(n) (light horsemen)

1560

lyke (like)

1588

lykewise (likewise)

1599

lymyt(es) (limits)

1545

ly(ue)ry (livery)

1560

Lodging

1579

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

1607

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

1616

the Lord(es) sp(irit)uall & temp(or)all

1592

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) 

1520
1557

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

1606

manservaunt (manservant)

1606

maynie (many)

1573

marveling

1571

m(aster)

1565

m(aster)shipe (mastership)

1557

matter(s) (matters)

1560

mayo(u)r (mayor)

1580
 

meane (mean)

1576

meanes (means)

1586

malancolly (melancholy)

1578

men

1600

m(er)cernary

1573

marchandyse (merchandise)

 

1578

m(er)chandize (merchandise)

1560

merchandize (merchandise)

1580

m(er)chandise (merchandise)

1580

merchant

1572

merchauntaylo(u)r (merchant taylor)

1606

m(er)cie (mercy)

1599

to make merie (to make merry)

1619

mydsomer (midsummer)

1561

myles (miles)

1561

myserablie (myserably)

1579

misrule

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

 

mondaie (Monday)

1594

 

Such muney (such money)

1590

mowthe (mouth)

1596

necke (neck)

1581

Nephewe (nephew)

1594

neu(er) (never)

1580

neu(er)thelas (nevertheless)

1516

next

1586
1599

northe (North)

1568

a breefe note (a brief note)

 

 

 

 

1607

obs(er)uac(i)on (observation)

1592

offenders

1588

 

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 p(ar)yshe (our parish)

1570

o(u)r p(ar)yshe (our parish)

1581

p(ar)liament (parliament)

1535

p(ar)liam(en)t (parliament)

1592

p(ar)lo(u)r

1560

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

1561

p(ar)te or p(ar)cell

1579

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

p(ar)tner

1593

my p(ar)tner

1593

Parteners (partners)

1597

Pawles (Saint Paul’s)

1581

Pawlett (Paulet)

1586

paymentt (payment)

1544

paym(en)t (payment)

1568

paym(en)t(es)

1592

paym(en)t(es)perceyving (perceiving)

1528

p(er)fect

1599

p(er)fourme

1591

p(er)petuall s(er)uitude

1592

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)sonnall (personal)

1520

p(er)suad (persuade)

1572

p(er)swade (persuade)

1605

p(er)suaded (persuaded)

1599

p(er)suadyth

1572

p(er)tayninge (pertaining)

1551

Physicians

1576

pley(e)rs (players)

1549

plesyth (pleases)

1549
 

the pleas(ure)

1557

plesure (pleasure)

1565

Pleasure (pleasure)

1586

plott(es) (plots)

1586

poore (poor)

1599

posnett(e)s (posnets)

1560

possession

1571

postscripte

1572

pouertie (poverty)

1582

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

p(rese)nt (present)

1547

present

1582
 

p(re)sently

1579

p(re)sently

1580

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

1547
p(re)sident (president)
1616

p(re)tended

1592

prynce (prince)

1547
1560

prison

1579

p(ri)vyledges (privileges)

1579

p(ro)cesse (process)

1578

p(ro)clamac(i)on (proclamation)

1593

p(ro)cured

1579

p(ro)curing (procuring)

1620

p(ro)mise

1579
 
1606

p(ro)mysses

1579
p(ro)p(er)tid makers (propertied makers)
1581

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

1581

p(ro)phesyinge (prophesying)

1571

p(ro)tested (protested)

1603

provided

1599

p(ro)vyded

1588

p(ro)vided

1601
p(ro)vins(es) (provinces)
1592

p(ro)vince (province)

1647

punyshment (punishment)

1588

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

rec(eyue)

1572

receive

1614

receyved (received)

1561

Receyved (received)

1569

receved (received)

1591

resyvyd (received)

1592

Receyved (received)

1598

Redd (red)

1560

Richerde (Richard)

1589

reco(m)pense

1568

rectifycat(ion)e (rectification)

1557

Regiment

1596

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

1606

Resseuyd s(er)ten (received certain)

1557

recusant

1586

reigne (reign)

1509

religione (religion)

1559

remayne (remain)

1548

remayninge (remaining)

1582

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

1561

reme(m)bre (remember)

1591
1586

rent

1603

rep(ar)ac(i)ons (reparations)

1581

request

1599

at the request of

1506
Resident (resident)
 
1564

resyst (resist)

1528

resolution

1586

Resolution (resolution)

1598

be resolued (be resolved)

1585
retynewe (retinue) 
1560
 

retorne (return)

1978

Robert

1576

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

 

 

 

 

saterdaie (Saturday)

1594

Scotland

1571

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

s(e)ru(au)nte (servant)

1534

 

 

 

 

S(e)rvante (servant)

1571

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)ve (serve)

1547

s(er)vyng man (servingman)

1526

services

1497

seruice (service)

1581

s(er)vice (service)

1588

s(er)uices (services)

1593

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

Sylke (silk)

1588

synce (since)

1588

S(ir) (Sir)

1557

the Sayd Syr (the said Sir)

1549

Sister

1570

syster (sister)

1570

Syxe (six)

1560

slayne (slain)

1565

sowldyers (soldiers)

1571

soldyers (soldiers)

 
1588

sorry

1572

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

spech (speech)

1600

spediest (speediest)

1561

the starre (star) chamber

1586

strange

1599

stuffes (stuffs)

1616

subgiett(es) (subjects)

1520

subgiets (subjects)

1532

subsidie (subsidy)

1559

subscrybe (subscribe)

1571

such sufficyent dusties (such sufficient duties)

1538

suter (suitor)

1584

sundry

1513

suspected 

1581

suspysion (suspicion)

1569

sweet smelling

1580

testament

1526
1599

testymone (testimony)

1569

testimony

1583

thanckes (thanks)

1599

they

1557

thinges (things)

1559

think

1596

this

1586

thowght (thought)

1570
1588

thraldome (thraldom)

1581

to morrow

1599

towchy(n)ge (touching)

1567

(tolde) told

1578

the frenche tongue (the French tongue)

1562

to

1576

to the others

1577

towching (touching)

1586

toward(es) (towards)

1524
 

toward(es) (towards)

1593

 

 

 

 

 

treasons

1607

treasouror (treasurer)

1532

trinketes (trinkets)

1559

trobelyd (troubled)

1569

troblesome dealing(es) (troublesome dealings) 

1587

Tryall (trial)

1579

trouthe (truth)

1557

Tewsday (Tuesday)

1607

vncles (uncle’s)

1576

vnd(er)

1591

 

tundrestand (to understand)

1545

vrged (urged)

1586

vzuance (usance) 

1579

Vicechimb(er)leyn (Vice-chamberlain)

1551

virtue (vertue)

1578

vos valete & plaudite

1591

warrante (warrant)

1548

weke (week)

1593

weyghtye affayres (weighty affairs)

1547

I went

1581

Whearas (whereas)

1592

where

1565

wydowe (widow)

1570

whishinge (whishing)

1596

whoes (whose)

1599

widowe (widow)

1581

wief (wife)

1600

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

1561

wytnes (witness)

1551

witnes (witness)

1564

witnesse (witness)

1580

to write

1586

wryte (write)

1585

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

 wintre (winter)

1573

zeale (zeal)

1586