John Byrom

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Byrom was born in Manchester, England back in 1692. From what I’ve gathered his family was wealthy which afforded him the best education possible at the time. He attended The King’s school, Chester and Merchant Taylors’ School, London. He continued his education at Trinity College, Cambridge before going to France where he studied medicine at Montpellier.

Family and friends tried to persuade him to practice medicine, but his heart just wasn’t into it, so he chose another path, more on that in a moment. John had several children but his favorite was his daughter Dorothy.

It was in 1745, that he promised Dorothy that he would write her something special for Christmas. On Christmas morning, she came downstairs to discover an envelope addressed to her. With all the other presents around she forgot those and opened the envelope. That father and daughter moment became the Christmas carol titled “Christians awake! Salute the happy morn”. It was first published in Harrop’s Manchester Mercury in 1746.

What you may not know about John is that he was the inventor of what we now call shorthand. He invented it around 1716, teaching it for the rest of his life. He died in 1763, he was 71.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I haven't seen the word shorthand used in decades....I had an aunt who was proficient at it.... 

May 10, 2019 03:19 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I have developed my own version of this "art" of communication...but this was certainly a worthwhile contribution in its time.

May 10, 2019 03:29 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

My proficiency in shorthand is the same as my typing skills!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 10, 2019 04:36 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The term "shorthand" has not been in my vocabulary since the early 80's! Enjoy your day!

May 10, 2019 04:57 AM #4
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

A good example of follow your heart if you want to be happy James Dray .

May 10, 2019 05:15 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I never learned shorthand but it's an amazingly handy skill I rarely see practiced or discussed anymore.  

May 10, 2019 05:16 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a cool story, I will have to share it with my Mom, as she taught shorthand in school.

May 10, 2019 06:47 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. The scope and variety of your subjects is never ending. I enjoyed this.

May 10, 2019 06:49 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I remember thinkg that i should learn shorthand, but then my thinking was why should I?

May 10, 2019 07:24 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that is a dying art although I think court stenography still exits.

May 10, 2019 08:02 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


My mother was very proficient at shorthand.  She had special notebooks to write it on.  A

May 10, 2019 08:28 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- a good friend taught me a little shorthand so I could take notes in my college classes. I think I remember 2 symbols. 

May 10, 2019 10:42 AM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I never learned shorthand but know several people who do. They swear by it. Have a great weekend James.

May 10, 2019 02:41 PM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I would never have known that fact had you not told us. Thank you!

May 10, 2019 05:30 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Short hand must have been the precursor of Twitter, seriously had no idea that Short Hand has been around for so long, Endre

May 10, 2019 11:07 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Another fun lesson! I remember shorthand being taught in school - not something I even had any experience with.


May 11, 2019 02:55 PM #16
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I remember business admin college students taking shorthand. Now we just shorten words while texting and have to learn that "shorthand".

May 12, 2019 05:45 AM #17
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