1787 in Great Britain

1787 in Great Britain

Events from the year 1787 in the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Incumbents

*Monarch - George III of the United Kingdom
*Prime Minister - William Pitt the Younger, Tory

Events

* 11 January - William Herschel discovers the Uranian moons Titania and Oberon. [cite book|title=Penguin Pocket On This Day|publisher=Penguin Reference Library|isbn=0-141-02715-0|year=2006]
* 13 May - Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/launch_tl_british.shtml|title=BBC History British History Timeline|accessdate=2007-09-03]
* 22 May - Creation of the Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade.
* 31 May - The original Lord's Cricket Ground holds its first cricket match.cite book|last=Williams|first=Hywel|title=Cassell's Chronology of World History|publisher=Weidenfeld & Nicolson|year=2005|isbn=0-304-35730-8|pages=339–340]
* 23 December - Captain William Bligh sets sail for Tahiti on the "Bounty".

Undated

* Thomas Clarkson and Granville Sharp found the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.
* Marylebone Cricket Club founded.cite book |last=Palmer |first=Alan & Veronica |year=1992 |title= The Chronology of British History|publisher= Century Ltd|location=London|pages= 230-231|isbn= 0-7126-5616-2]

Births

* 10 February - William Bradley, Britain's tallest ever man (died 1820)
* 17 March - Edmund Kean, actor (died 1833)
* 16 December - Mary Russell Mitford, novelist and dramatist (died 1855)

Deaths

* 1 April - Floyer Sydenham, classical scholar (born 1710)
* 2 April - Thomas Gage, Bgeneral (born 1719)
* 10 May - William Watson, physician and scientist (born 1715)
* 3 November - Robert Lowth, bishop and grammarian (born 1710)
* 18 December - Francis William Drake, British admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (born 1724)
* 18 December - Soame Jenyns, English writer (born 1704)

References

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