Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Thomas Dundas elected as MP for Orkney & Shetland.
Dundas had previously served as MP for the constituency from 1771 to 1780.
- Winter of 1784 was very severe. In Delting parish alone 4506 sheep and 427 black cattle perished. About 1300 head of cattle were said to have died in Northmavine and Unst and half the sheep in the country.
Sir Thomas Dundas reported to Parliament that he had received authentic information, that the inhabitants of the isles of Shetland were in the greatest distress imaginable for want of food, a famine having been occasioned by the total failure of their harvest last year. Mr. Dempster said a representation of the facts had been drawn up by the Clergy of Shetland, and sent to London to be presented to his Majesty, but owing to the great distance, and the difficulty of conveyance, the letter did not reach town till a month after the date of it.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented the petition of the inhabitants of Shetland, which had been sent to the King.
The Nancy, a sail brig laden with a cargo of dried fish, of Greenock, Scotland, from Lerwick and for Bremen, Germany, wrecked at Burra Voe, Yell.