Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Happyhansel School in Walls opened
- The Juffrouw Agneta, laden with a cargo of rye, grounded at an unrecorded location, was taken to Cat Firth, Nesting, where the cargo was salvaged by locals for use. All of the crew were saved. The eventual fate of the vessel in not recorded.
George Low arrived in Lerwick on his grand tour. He left Shetland early in September the same year. Unfortunately it took 100 years to get his account A Tour through the Islands of Orkney and Schetland published.
Three vessels are recorded as having wrecked or foundered on this date. What little detail is recorded is very vague and only mentions Northmavine and Fair Isle, either of which could refer to the location(s) of the incident(s), home location(s) or point(s) of departure of one or more of the vessel(s).
Robert Jameson, later Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh, is born in Leith.
- The Providence (1774), laden with oil and rye, of Whitby, England from Archangel, Russia wrecked at 'Noss'. The Isle of Noss, Bressay being the most likely location.