The Tudor Society

September 6 – The inventor of modern shorthand

On this day in history, 6th September 1615, in the reign of King James I, Timothy Bright, was buried at St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury.

Bright was a Tudor physician and clergyman, and also invented modern shorthand.

Bright is known for works published in Queen Elizabeth I's reign, including his 1588 "Characterie: an Arte of Shorte, Swifte, and Secrete Writing by Character" in which he explains his invention, a system of straight lines, circles and half circles as shorthand. Bright's work has, of course, helped people the world over.

Let me share some facts about Timothy Bright, an interesting Tudor man...

Link to Bright's book on shorthand -

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