Victorian Shorthand

Travelling forward two hundred years from Elizabethan England, I’ve been trying to decipher this handwriting below without much success. I can manage some of it but not all. It’s entries to Newgate Prison listing the physical descriptions of the prisoners, written in some sort of shorthand. I can decipher names heights and occupations etc but the rest has me baffled. If you have any idea what the shorthand may mean then please do leave a comment below.

Could the ‘fr’ refer to fair? Followed by shorthand for eye colour? In other entries ‘fr’ is replaced with ‘sal’ perhaps for sallow?


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