Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Belmont House on Unst was built.
- A vessel, possibly a brig, registered in The Netherlands, Captain (Jan??) Weerij, but otherwise unidentified wrecked on Papa Stour, it is understood by first striking Mid Baa then coming ashore on Kalsio Taing, circa 1775, although some accounts state 'between 1780 and 1790'. All aboard perished. The inlet where the Captain's body was washed ashore has since been known as 'Weary's Hole/Johnie Wearie's Hol'.
- A British registered, but otherwise unidentified vessel is recorded as having wrecked "near" Lerwick, twenty of those aboard perished, two were saved.
- Fixed prices for fish paid by the proprietors about this time: gild ling from 4d. to 6d., tusk - 2d. to 3d., cod (18 inches) - 3d., saithe 1d.
- Hanseatic League sells its buildings in Bergen, ending its long term presence in the region. However, by this time, much of Shetland's trade is with England.
- An unidentified vessel, believed to have been a dogger, laden with a cargo of oil, and registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, presumed wrecked in the vicinity of Mousa after wreckage washed ashore at Sand Wick.
A 20 gun Copenhagen vessel was wrecked at Sandwick. She was carrying a £20,000 cargo of calico, tea, sugar, and silk.
Doctor and author Arthur Edmondston was born.