1823 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1823 in the United Kingdom.
- In Paviland Cave on the Gower Peninsula, William Buckland discovers the "Red Lady of Paviland", the first identification of a prehistoric (male) human burial.
- The King's Library, George III's personal library of 65,000 volumes, 19,000 pamphlets, maps, charts and topographical drawings, is offered to the British Museum.
- 20 February - Explorer James Weddell's expedition to Antarctica reaches latitude 74°15' S and longitude 34°16'45" W: the southernmost position any ship had reached before, a record that will hold for more than 80 years.
- March - Royal Academy of Music opens.
- 17 June - Charles Macintosh patents the waterproof material later used to make Mackintosh coats.
- July - Robert Peel ensures the passage of five Acts of Parliament, effectively abolishing the death penalty for over one hundred offences; in particular, the Judgement of Death Act allows judges to commute sentences for capital offences other than murder or treason to imprisonment or transportation.
- 4 July - Transportation Act allows convicts transported to the colonies to be employed on public works.
- 10 July - Gaols Act passed by Parliament, based on the prison reform campaign of Elizabeth Fry.
- 23 September - First Burmese War: Burmese attack the British on Shapura, an island close to Chittagong.
- 25 November - Opening of The Royal Suspension Chain Pier at Brighton, designed by Captain Samuel Brown, RN, the first pleasure pier on the mainland of England.
- November - According to tradition, William Webb Ellis invents rugby.
- Beginning of the first Anglo-Ashanti war.
- Excise Act reduces duties on the distillation of whisky, encouraging its commercial production.
- Thomas Campbell's poem The Last Man.
- Thomas De Quincey's critical essay On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth (in The London Magazine, October).
- Mrs Markham's children's A History of England from the First Invasion by the Romans to the End of the Reign of George III
- Sir Walter Scott's novels Peveril of the Peak, Quentin Durward and St. Ronan's Well.
- Thomas Wakley's medical journal The Lancet (first published 5 October ).
- 8 January - Alfred Russel Wallace, naturalist and biologist (died 1913)
- 13 August - Goldwin Smith, historian (died 1910)
- 26 January - Edward Jenner, physician and medical researcher (born 1749)
- 27 January - Charles Hutton, mathematician (born 1737)
- 7 February - Mrs Radcliffe, writer (born 1764)
- 26 February - John Philip Kemble, actor (born 1757)
- 14 March - John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent, Royal Navy admiral (born 1735)
- 23 April - Joseph Nollekens, sculptor (born 1737)
- 11 September - David Ricardo, economist (born 1772)
- 23 September - Matthew Baillie, physician and pathologist (born 1761)
- 30 October - Edmund Cartwright, clergyman and inventor of the power loom (born 1743)
- Aldhouse-Green, Stephen (October 2001). "Great Sites: Paviland Cave". British Archaeology (61). Retrieved 2010-07-16.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 252–253. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- "Timeline of capital punishment in Britain". Retrieved 2011-02-02.
- Drewry, Charles Stewart (1832). A Memoir of Suspension Bridges: comprising the History Of Their Origin And Progress. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman. pp. 69–74 & Plates. Retrieved 2010-08-27.