Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- The Widows Homes - now the Anderson Homes was built by Arthur Anderson, in memory of his wife who died the year before.
- Quendale House in Commercial Street, Lerwick was built.
- The Scottish Law Magazine of September 1865 announced that Sheriff-Substitute Robert Hunter Bell was appointed Sheriff-Substitute of Falkirk, his position being filled by Andrew Mure.
The nameboard of a vessel, bearing the name Rival recorded as recovered "near Lerwick". No other information is recorded concerning the vessel or her eventual fate. This is presumed to be the date of reporting, rather than the date of actual recovery.
- In April there was submitted to the presbytery the ground plan of a church or mission building to be erected in West Yell. The plan was approved generally but the presbytery recommended that the church be fitted up so as to be available for the purposes of a school.
Author W. Fordyce Clark was born.
- The La Belle Anglaise, a cod fishing cutter, of Lerwick, presumed lost with all hands at an unknown location north of Foula.
William Edmonstoune Aytoun, Sheriff of Orkney & Shetland, died at Blackhills near Elgin. The Queen appointed Adam Gifford to fill his place.
An unidentified fishing vessel, four crew, which had earlier departed from Shetland on a fishing trip, was wrecked with the loss of all aboard at an unspecified location on or near the east coast of Dunrossness.
Robert Bruce (2) of Burravoe, the second Laird Bruce of Burravoe, died.
Poet T.P.Ollason was born.
- The Recruit, a sail schooner with a part cargo of staves and ballast wrecked at an unknown postion, thought probably to have been somewhere between Fair Isle and Lerwick. The details of this vessel's fate and that of her crew and passenger is very unclear, but it is known that not everyone onboard survived.