[r-t] Dixon & Dawson

Robin Woolley robin at robinw.org.uk
Wed Jun 8 08:35:30 UTC 2016

Glenn said "... I can't immediately think of a DIXON/DAWSON parallel."

I thought about this earlier and how about this for a possible route? As 
we all know, each district of the country would have had their own 
particular dialect and pronunciation. The person who would have firstly 
written down any 'surname' would have been the local parson who would 
have done the best he could with what he heard. Vowel sounds have 
changed over time and had local variants. When I was young, my 
grandparents would have said 'Mester', not 'Mister', for 'Man' as in 
"see that mester over there." It may be be the case that Graeme was the 
way the locals thought Graham should be spelt in Glenn's example.

It is not a question of whether the names are different, it is a 
question of correct transmission. It could come down to whoever gave and 
was given the intructions for the peal board in quo. It won't be the 
first time! (I can think a mistake in at least two in the same tower).

Just a thought

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