1757 in Great Britain
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Events from the year 1757 in Great Britain.
- Monarch - George II
- Prime Minister - William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire (until 25 June), Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle thereafter.
- 2 January - Robert Clive captures Calcutta in India.
- 14 March - Seven Years' War: Admiral Sir John Byng is executed by firing squad aboard HMS Monarch for breach of the Articles of War.
- 6 April - William Pitt the Elder resigns from the government after Prince William, Duke of Cumberland refuses to command the British forces in Germany in the Seven Years' War.
- April–July - Caretaker Ministry takes power led by William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire following the resignation of Pitt.
- 6 May - Poet Christopher Smart is confined to St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics in London.
- June - Pitt recalled to government in a coalition with Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
- 23 June - Battle of Plassey: 3000 British troops under Robert Clive defeat a 50,000 strong Indian army under Siraj ud-Daulah at Plassey.
- 2 July - The Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne forms a new government.
- 26 July - Seven Years' War: Battle of Hastenbeck: An Anglo-Hanoverian army under the Duke of Cumberland is defeated by the French under Louis d'Estrées and forced out of Hanover.
- 3 August–9 August- French and Indian War: At the Battle of Fort William Henry a French army under Louis-Joseph de Montcalm forces the British to surrender Fort William Henry. The French army's Indian allies slaughter the survivors, not understanding what the terms of the surrender were.
- 24 December - The Pratt-Yorke opinion distinguishes overseas territories acquired by conquest from those acquired by private treaty. While the Crown of Great Britain enjoyed sovereignty over both, only the property of the former was vested in the Crown.
- Matthew Hutton enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.
- Baskerville typeface designed by John Baskerville in Birmingham.
- Edmund Burke's treatise A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.
- Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies, the annual directory of London prostitutes, is first published.
- 1 February - John Philip Kemble, actor (died 1823)
- 20 February - John 'Mad Jack' Fuller, philanthropist (died 1834)
- 9 April - Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, admiral (died 1833)
- 30 May - Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (died 1844)
- 22 June - George Vancouver, explorer (died 1798)
- 9 August - Thomas Telford, engineer (died 1834)
- 13 August - James Gillray, caricaturist (died 1815)
- 14 October - Charles Abbot, 1st Baron Colchester, barrister, statesman, Speaker of the Houser of Commons (died 1829)
- 13 November - Archibald Alison, author (died 1839)
- 28 November - William Blake, English poet (died 1827)
- date unknown - Sir Thomas Foley, Welsh admiral (died 1833)
- 15 January - George Gilmer, Sr., politician (born 1700)
- 19 January - Thomas Ruddiman, Scottish classical scholar (born 1664)
- 5 February - Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat (born 1678)
- 1 March - Edward Moore, writer (born 1712)
- 8 March - Thomas Blackwell, Scottish classical scholar (born 1701)
- 14 March - John Byng, admiral (executed) (born 1704)
- 6 May - Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, politician (born 1683)
- 28 August - David Hartley, English philosopher (born 1705)
- 12 November - Colley Cibber, English poet (born 1671)
- 11 December - Edmund Curll, English bookseller and publisher (born 1675)
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 318–319. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- Sherbo, Arthur (1967). Christopher Smart: Scholar of the University. Michigan State University Press. p. 112. He may have been confined in a private madhouse before this.