Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Reawick House in Reawick was built.
- Robert Douglas elected as MP for Orkney & Shetland.
- An unidentified vessel believed wrecked on Papa Stour. The crew of twenty are recorded as having been 'murdered', but no further details are contained in the available records.
- Potatoes introduced.
The St Helena, a sail brig operating as a Greenland whaler, of Hamburg, Germany, wrecked probably in, or in the vicinity of the Wick of Skaw, Unst. Six of the crew were saved, but the remaining twenty five souls perished. A "second whaler" is recorded as having wrecked at the same location on the same day, but no details are available for this vessel.