Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- The parish of North Yell and Fetlar was formed.
- The Lessene, a full rigged ship of Amsterdam, The Netherlands wrecked on Bressay.
- The minting of Scottish coinage is discontinued, although the coins themselves continue in use into the 19th century.
- The Great Frost, the coldest period of weather for five hundred years occurred. It is believed that Shetland was spared some of the extremities experienced on the Continent, due to the Gulf Stream.