Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- The Reverend Dr John Right Kemp, a friend of Robert Burns was born. Among Dr Kemp's publications was one of his best known, the Observations on the Islands of Shetland (1801). Kemp died in 1805.
- An unidentified vessel laden with logs wrecked near Papa Stour.
- An unidentified vessel, registered in Norway, Captain Nicolson, wrecked or foundered 'near' Sumburgh.
The Great Comet of 1744, one of the most spectacular ever seen in modern times reaches its brightest. It could be seen in daylight with the naked eye. After April, it could only be seen in the Southern Hemisphere.
John Bruce (2), who later became the forth Laird Bruce of Symbister, married Clementina, daughter and heiress of John Laurence Stewart of Bigtoun. With that marriage, he added "Stewart" to his name, and is later known as John Bruce Stewart.