Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Act of parliament dissolving Orkney and Shetland from the crown (see 1669), and giving them to the earl of Morton.
- Many of the events of this year are connected with the merger of the Scottish and English parliaments.
The Treaty of Union of the two Kingdoms of Scotland and England is ratified by the Scottish Parliament.
The Acts of Union become law, uniting the Parliaments of the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Parliament of the Kingdom of Great Britain. Shetland thus comes under London for both royal and parliamentary purposes.
- Sir Alexander Douglas became first Westminster MP for Orkney & Shetland, which is the London parliament's most remote constituency.
Thomas Hunter of Lunna, the third Laird Hunter of Lunna House, in Lunnasting, married Grisella Bruce, daughter of Robert Bruce of Sumburgh, and widow of John Bruce of Muness. An amorial panel outside Lunna House commemorates the event.
The Parliament of the Kingdom of Great Britain first meets in London.