Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Betty Mouat was born. Betty was later to become famous for drifting alone across the North Sea, to Norway, in the smack 'Columbine'.
- Author George Stewart was born.
- Garriock & Co. is founded at Reawick
- Brough Lodge, the historic A grade building on Fetlar, was built by the Nicholson family.
- An unidentified vessel is recorded as having wrecked at Quarff. It is not clear from the record whether the incident occured at the East Voe of Quarff, or in the West Voe of Quarff.
An unidentified vessel laden with a cargo of timber, registered in Denmark, is recorded as having wrecked at an unrecorded location on Whalsay with the loss of all on board.
The Resolution, laden with a mixed cargo, of and from Hamburg, Prussia (now Germany) for New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., grounded on Balta then wrecked in Cross Geo, Haroldswick, Unst. One crewmember was saved, seventeen were lost.
Robert Bruce (1) of Burravoe, the first Laird Bruce of Burravoe, married Mary, youngest daughter of the Rev. David Young, minister of Foulden, Berwickshire.
William Arthur Bruce (1), who later became the seventh Laird Bruce of Symbister, married Agnes, second daughter of William Gordon Macrae, of Westbrook, Midlothian.