Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- John Williamson, (Johnny Notions), died.
- 172 volunteers reconstituted the corps for the defense of the islands under command of Sheriff-Substitute Major Walter Scott.
The vessel St Johannes (1804), registered in Denmark, from London, England and for Tonningen, then Denmark (now Tönning, Germany), wrecked at Dunrossness. Four souls were saved, but four were also lost.
A House of Commons committee delivered a report on a petition received from Shetland. When examined, John Scott of Valey told them that the harvests and fishing of 1802 and 1803 had been poor and required the import of £30,000 in meal and bere from Berwick and the North Country in the prior year. Many cattle had been sold off to pay it. The inhabitants relied on oatmeal, milk and fish and these were all in scarce supply, one person having died of want. Relief was urgently requested in order to have barley, bere and potatoes to sow and meal to tide them over.
The brig Laurestinus wrecked on Fair Isle.
Henry Cheyne of Tangwick, who later became the fifth Laird Cheyne of Tangwick, was born.