1787 in Great Britain
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Events from the year 1787 in the Kingdom of Great Britain.
- 1 January - George III writes his first letter to Arthur Young's Annals of Agriculture, under the name of Ralph Robinson of Windsor.
- 11 January - William Herschel discovers the Uranian moons Titania and Oberon.
- 19 February - William Herschel first uses the 40-foot telescope under construction for him at Slough.
- 13 May - Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth with the eleven ships of the First Fleet carrying around 700 convicts and at least 300 crew and guards to establish a penal colony in Australia.
- 22 May - Thomas Clarkson and Granville Sharp found the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.
- 31 May - The original Lord's Cricket Ground holds its first cricket match; Marylebone Cricket Club founded.
- 23 December - Captain William Bligh sets sail for Tahiti on the Bounty.
- undated - Principal Triangulation of Great Britain completed under the direction of General William Roy.
- Freed slave Ottobah Cugoano publishes Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species.
- The Scots Musical Museum begins publication.
- 10 February - William Bradley, Britain's tallest ever man (died 1820)
- 17 March - Edmund Kean, actor (died 1833)
- 16 December - Mary Russell Mitford, novelist and dramatist (died 1855)
- 1 April - Floyer Sydenham, classical scholar (born 1710)
- 2 April - Thomas Gage, General (born 1719)
- 10 May - William Watson, physician and scientist (born 1715)
- 3 November - Robert Lowth, bishop and grammarian (born 1710)
- 18 December - Francis William Drake, British admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (born 1724)
- 18 December - Soame Jenyns, English writer (born 1704)
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
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- Palmer, Alan; Palmer, Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 230–231. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.