Is the letter ligatured?
Ligatures are joined up letters. Some can confuse the novice palaeographer, because written together they can look like a single letter. In Scots palaeography the most common problems seem to occur with ligatures containing the letter h. Get to know some common ones: the ch, th, and sh ligatures.
Look at the way letters are ligatured in the words chalder, thousand and parish below.
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