- 1786 in Great Britain
Events from the year
1786in the Kingdom of Great Britain.
George III of the United Kingdom
*Prime Minister -
William Pitt the Younger, Tory
11 August- Captain Francis Lightlanded in Penangand renamed it "Prince of Wales Island" in honour of the heir to the British throne.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]
26 September- Commercial treaty with Francesigned.
William Thomas Beckford's gothic novel " Vathek".
Robert Burns' "Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect".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]
1 January- Dixon Denham, explorer (died 1828)
26 January- Benjamin Haydon, painter and writer (died 1846)
17 April- William King, physician and philanthropist (died 1865)
5 July- Charles Alfred Stothard, draughtsman (died 1821)
24 September- Granville Waldegrave, 2nd Baron Radstock, naval officer (died 1857)
26 September- James Bremer, rear admiral (died 1850)
* James Foster, ironmaster (died 1853)
William George Horner, mathematician (died 1837)
Anne Knight, social reformer (died 1862)
Fairfax Moresby, Admiral (died 1877)
* Hyde Parker, Vice Admiral (died 1854)
* John Shuttleworth, industrialist (died 1864)
19 January- John Duncombe, writer (born 1729)
10 April- John Byron, Vice Admiral (born 1723)
21 June- George Hepplewhite, furniture maker (born 1727)
* July -
Josiah Martin, colonial governor (born 1737)
18 October- Alexander Wilson, mathematician (born 1714)
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.