Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Prospect House in Lerwick was built by Andrew Duncan, Sheriff Substitute for Shetland.
- The founding year of Methodism in Shetland. John Nicholson, a Shetland native returns from the British Army, where he encountered the denomination, and sets up a "circuit" in West Mainland.
- Building work starts on the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse.
Three fishing boats belonging to Papa Stour were lost at sea, claiming a total of 16 lives.