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Mayflower, Day by Day - Sunday, 4 April 1621

4 Apr 2021 2:55 AM | Soule (Administrator)

At anchor in Plymouth harbour

Happy New Year!

The first day of the new year 1621 -- the calendar changed year on the Feast of the Annunciation, also known as Lady Day (“the Annunciation of the Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary” occurring on 25 March), since it was the anniversary of the Incarnation.  New Year’s Day only changed to 1 January in English speaking territories in 1752.  25 March in the Julian Calendar of 1621 would be 4 April in the Gregorian Calendar that we use.

In the ecclesiastical calendar of the Book of Common Prayer, this would have been the Sunday Before Easter -- from what I can tell from very complicated programs now online, Easter in 1621 was on 11 April (n.s.) or 1 April (o.s.).

The fifteenth Sunday in this port.  Many of the crew dead and some still sick, but the sickness and mortality lessening: there were now days on which no one died.  There was now enough housing for everyone to sleep indoors, even though some houses were not yet complete.  The weather was warmer.

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