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1740 in Great Britain

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1740 in Great Britain

Events from the year 1740 in Great Britain.



  • Monarch – George II
  • Prime Minister – Robert Walpole (Whig)
  • Events

  • January and February - The “Great Frost” continues; this will be the coldest known year (and coldest twelve-month period) by average annual temperature across central England for which reliable records are known.
  • 26 June – War of Jenkins' Ear - Siege of Fort Mose: A Spanish column of 300 regular troops, free black militia and Indian auxiliaries storms Britain's strategically crucial position of Fort Mose, Florida.
  • 1 August – The patriotic song "Rule, Britannia!" is first performed in an open-air performance at Cliveden, the country home of Frederick, Prince of Wales as part of the masque Alfred with music by Thomas Arne to a lyric by Scottish-born poet James Thomson; the original tenor soloist is probably Thomas Salway.
  • 21 August – First issue of grog in the Royal Navy.
  • 18 September – George Anson sets out on his voyage around the world from Spithead.
  • November – Hertford College, Oxford, is founded for the first time.
  • 6 November – Samuel Richardson’s popular and influential epistolary novel Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded is published in London.
  • Unknown dates

  • By an act of the Parliament, alien immigrants (including Huguenots and Jews) in the colonies) receive British nationality.
  • Henry Hindley invents a device to cut the teeth of clock wheels.
  • William Hogarth paints a portrait of Captain Thomas Coram (pictured).
  • A now-discredited account by William Stukeley asserts that Stonehenge was built by druids.
  • Thomas Witherby establishes his stationery business in London, specializing in printing and publishing for the marine insurance industry. By the end of the first decade of the 21st century, as Witherby Seamanship, it will claim to be the oldest independent publisher in the English speaking world.
  • James Whatman establishes his paper mill in Maidstone, specializing in quality paper. It will remain in production until 2014.
  • Births

  • 17 September – John Hamilton Mortimer, painter (died 1779)
  • 29 October – James Boswell, author (died 1795)
  • 24 November – John Bacon, sculptor (died 1799)
  • c. December – Francis Light, founder of the British colony of Penang (died 1794)
  • 21 June-Christiano ronaldo, best football player in the world(died[[1847 in North Korea[1847]]
  • Deaths

  • 23 April - Thomas Tickell, writer (born 1685)
  • 6 June - Alexander Spotswood, governor of Virginia Colony (born 1676)
  • 17 June - Sir William Wyndham, politician (born 1687)
  • 20 December - Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon, military officer and statesman (born 1675)
  • References

    1740 in Great Britain Wikipedia

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