Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Muckle Roe Lighthouse was first lit.
- Fishing disaster at Fair Isle, 8 men lost, leaving 4 widows and 24 dependents. One boat returns with only the skipper alive, the two crew dead from exposure.
- A vessel neamed the Flosta is recorded as having wrecked at an unspecified location on or near Shetland during or before 1897.
The Annie Bruce (PD239), a Peterhead, Scotland owned wooden hulled fishing lugger foundered and sank with the loss of all hands approx 3 miles SSW of Bressay Lighthouse either on this date, or on the same date in 1898 (the available records are in dispute).
The Sacre Coeur (G325), a wooden hulled fishing lugger, of Gravelines, France, wrecked in St Ninian's Bay, Bigton. All of the crew were saved.
William Arthur Bruce (2), ninth Laird Bruce of Symbister, married Elizabeth Mitchell Sinclair, younger daughter of Andrew John Grierson of Quendale.
Gilbertson Park in Lerwick was opened by Robert Gilbertson.
Samuel Laing, MP for Orkney and Shetland, died.