1786 in Great Britain

1786 in Great Britain

Events from the year 1786 in the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Incumbents

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

Events

* 11 August - Captain Francis Light landed in Penang and 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 France signed.

Publications

* 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]

Births

* 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)

Unknown dates

* 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)

Deaths

* 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)

References

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