Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Fair Isle South Lighthouse was first lit.
- Fair Isle Kirk was built.
- Lerwick gained its own police force.
- P. W. Greig's book "Annals of a Shetland Parish: Delting" was published by C. & A. Sandison, Lerwick.
- Whalsay fishermen, fishing for Hay & Company, go on strike in an effort to achieve better return for their labours.
In a move typical of their attitudes of the time, the British Government sends a gunboat to Whalsay
- An unidentified vessel wrecked on the Ve Skerries (in addition to the Nor).
- The Orkney, Shetland and Northern Society or Viking Club (now called The Viking Society for Northern Studies), was formed to promote an interest in the Scandinavian North, its literature and antiquities.
Author Charles Sandison was born.
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The Manne Du Ciel, a sail lugger fishing vessel, of Gravelines, France wrecked in St Ninian's Bay, Bigton. All of the crew were saved.
The Princess Of Thule, a wooden hulled fishing smack, unregistered but owned in Lerwick, seven crew and nine passengers, in passage to the fishing grounds wrecked on the Green Holm to the north of Lerwick Harbour.
A wooden hulled trading sail lugger, name not known, built 1880, 1 Ton, owner and Captain T. Green, West Yell, two crew, crossing Yell Sound in ballast, foundered off North Roe. Both aboard perished.
A wooden hulled sailing vessel, unamed or name not known, built 1886, approx 3 tons, owner J. A. Jamieson, Gutcher, Yell, Captain R. E. Williamson, two crew plus two passengers, while on a pleasure trip from Gutcher to Mid Yell foundered to the south of the isle of "Linga" during NE Force 3 wind conditions, with the loss of all aboard. While the official record assigns this incident to Linga near Walls on the west mainland, given the voyage this vessel was on that assignation is almost certainly erronous, and Linga near Yell, which lies in Bluemull Sound just south of Gutcher is very probably the correct location.
Fair Isle North Lighthouse was first lit.
Election of the Lerwick Town Council.
The Victory,a wooden hulled sail smack with a general cargo and one passenger, of and from Bixter, and Tresta, for Scalloway wrecked to the east of Easter Score Holm, SE of Rea Wick. All of the crew were saved.
The second County Council elections took place.