Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Arthur Anderson founded a school in out Skerries.
- Frederick Dundas, Liberal, elected as MP for Orkney & Shetland.
He had previously represented the constituency from 1837 to 1847.
- William Edmonstoune Aytoun appointed Sheriff and Vice-Admiral of Orkney and Shetland.
- The Olnafirth district was depopulated for sheep.
The wooden hulled sail sloop Albion drove on to a wharf at Freefield, Lerwick and subsequently sank.
The Stag, a sail smack, laden with a cargo of slate, of Amlwch, Isle of Anglesey, Wales grounded on Foula. All of the crew were saved.
The North Star, a wooden hulled sail sloop, of Lerwick, while lying at Balta Sound, in ballast, caught fire, burned to the waterline, and sank.
Partly built Sandsayre Pier, at Sandwick, destroyed by storm.
- The Fairy (1852), a schooner, laden with a general cargo, British registered, from Lerwick for Aberdeen, Scotland drove from anchor and wrecked in Lerwick Harbour.
The Sylvanus, a sail brig in ballast, of and for South Shields, England, from Londonderry, Northern Ireland went ashore on Milla Sand on the isle of Uyea, Northmavine. All of the crew were saved.
Sir William Watson Cheyne, First Baronet of Leagarth, Fetlar, K.C.M.G., C.B., M.A., M.B., C.M., F.R.C.S., F.R.S., L.L.D. (Edin.), D.Sc. (Oxon) was born at sea off Hobart, Tasmania. "Sir Watson" was House Surgeon, and later successor to Lord Lister, and worked closely with him on the pioneering development of antiseptic surgery in the late 19th century.
An unidentified vessel capsized or foundered in Yell Sound between Mossbank and Samphrey. Four people perished.