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JAMES CRAIG & JEAN BALFOUR (and a few general questions)

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Re: JAMES CRAIG & JEAN BALFOUR (and a few general questions)

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 11:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
As far as the inscription is concerned, remember that this is an abbreviation of a transcription. There are various ways of expressing an age on a gravestone.

You need to look at the original to see whether is says, 'aged xx years' or 'in the xxth year of his/her age'.

If it says, 'aged xx years' I would take that to mean that the deceased person's last birthday was their xxth.

If it says, 'in the xxth year of his/her age', I would take that to mean that the person's next birthday would have been their xxth.

But of course this has nothing to do with the *accuracy* of the quoted age, which is often wrong on both gravestones and in records like the census.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Stefan Ramonat 16 Mar 2006 2:57PM GMT 
Stefan Ramonat 16 Mar 2006 3:10PM GMT 
janemiddleton... 28 Jun 2013 4:58PM GMT 
Forfarian 28 Jun 2013 5:12PM GMT 
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