1748 in Great Britain
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Events from the year 1748 in Great Britain.
- 28 March - A fire in the City of London causes over a million pounds worth of damage.
- August - Admiral Edward Boscawen commands a Royal Navy siege of Pondicherry.
- 18 October - The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession, by which Madras in India is restored to British rule in exchange for the fortress of Louisbourg in Canada with France.
- Adam Smith begins to deliver public lectures in Edinburgh.
- Henry Fielding organises the forerunner of the Bow Street Runners, with eight men at first.
- John Fothergill's pamphlet Account of the Sore Throat attended with Ulcers contains the first description of diphtheria.
- Holywell Music Room, Oxford, the first purpose-built concert hall in Europe, is opened.
- While in debtor's prison, John Cleland writes the erotic novel Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure), the first part of which is published on 21 November.
- David Hume's philosophical treatise An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding.
- Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa.
- Tobias Smollett's novel The Adventures of Roderick Random.
- James Thomson's poem The Castle of Indolence, shortly before his death.
- 15 February - Jeremy Bentham, philosopher and writer (died 1832)
- 5 March - William Shield, violinist and composer (died 1829)
- 10 March - John Playfair, scientist (died 1819)
- 13 April - Joseph Bramah, inventor and locksmith (died 1814)
- 28 May - Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle (died 1825)
- August - James Sayers, caricaturist (died 1823)
- 14 December - William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire (died 1811)
- 14 March - George Wade, military leader (born 1673, Ireland)
- 12 April - William Kent, architect, landscape architect and furniture designer (born c. 1685)
- 12 May - Thomas Lowndes, astronomer (born 1692)
- 27 August - James Thomson, poet (born 1700)
- 6 September - Edmund Gibson, jurist (born 1669)
- 12 September - Anne Bracegirdle, actress (born c.1671)
- 21 September - John Balguy, philosopher (born 1686)
- October - Donald Cameron of Lochiel (born 1700)
- 25 November - Isaac Watts, hymn writer (born 1674)
- 2 December - Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, politician (born 1662)
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- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 312–313. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
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