Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- The Shetland company, the last active unit of the former Orkney and Shetland Fencibles (Col Thomas Balfour) was dissolved.
- The Morning Star (1802), a packet boat registered in Lerwick wrecked on Yell, all of the crew were saved.
- The vessel Two Brothers from Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland for New York, U. S. A. went ashore at an unspecified location on Shetland during or before 1802. All of the crew were saved, and the vessel is believed to have been towed off and repaired.
George Garrard, a then well known painter and engraver of "rural scenes and motives" published a handcoloured etching of A bull from the Island of Shetland, in the possession of John Maitland Esqr which was later added to his famous 52 etchings in his Description of the Different Varieties of Oxen common in the British Isles ...
The painting was a marking stone documenting the progress of agricultural improvents in the northern isles. The painting is now in the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading.
The Jason, a full rigged ship laden with a mixed cargo, of and from New York, U.S.A. to Hull, England wrecked at Fora Ness, Shetland.
Frederick Dundas, MP for Orkney and Shetland was born.