Regnal Years

Throughout your research you may come across years being referred to in the form ‘the third year of King George’ or ‘the first year of Queen Anne’. This is how dates would often be recorded before the early 19th century. To further complicate things, the regnal year starts on the day each king or queen ascended to the throne; not simply the 1st of January. The table below will help you convert regnal dates into modern dates.

Monarch Regnal Year Date
James I 1 24 March 1603 – 23 March 1604
2 24 March 1604 – 23 March 1605
23 24 March 1625 – 27 March 1625
Charles I 1 27 March 1625 – 26 March 1626
2 27 March 1626 – 26 March 1627
24 27 March 1648 – 30 January 1649
Charles II 1 30 January 1649 – 29 January 1650
2 30 January 1650 – 29 January 1651
37 30 January 1685 – 6 February 1685
James II 1 6 February 1685 – 5 February 1686
2 6 Febrtary 1686 – 5 February 1687
4 6 February 1688 – 11 December 1688
Interregnum
England is without a king during this period.
12 December 1688 – 12 February 1689
William and Mary 1 13 February 1689 – 12 February 1690
2 13 February 1690 – 12 February 1691
6 13 February 1694 – 17 December 1694
William III
Continues after Mary’s death
6 28 December 1694 – 12 February 1695
7 13 February 1695 – 12 February 1696
14 13 February 1702 – 8 March 1702
Anne 1 8 March 1702 – 7 March 1703
2 8 March 1703 – 7 March 1704
13 8 March 1714 – 1 August 1714
George I 1 1 August 1714 – 31 July 1715
2 1 August 1715 – 31 July 1716
13 1 August 1726 – 11 June 1727
George II 1 11 June 1727 – 10 June 1728
2 11 June 1728 – 10 June 1729
34 22 lune 1760 – 25 October 1760
George III 1 25 October 1760 – 24 October 1761
2 25 October 1761 – 24 October 1762
60 25 October 1819 – 29 January 1820
George IV 1 29 January 1820 – 28 January 1821
2 29 January 1821 – 28 January 1822
11 29 January 1830 – 26 June 1830
William IV 1 26 June 1830 – 25 June 1831
2 26 June 1831 – 25 June 1832
7 26 June 1836 – 20 June 1837

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