1698 in England
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Events from the year 1698 which occurred in the Kingdom of England.
- Monarch – William III
- 4 January – the Palace of Whitehall is destroyed by fire.
- 11 January–21 April – Czar Peter I of Russia visits England as part of his Grand Embassy, making a particular study of shipbuilding.
- March – Jeremy Collier's pamphlet A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage is published.
- 25 July – engineer Thomas Savery obtains a patent for a steam pump.
- July–August – general election results in victory for the New Country Tories.
- 11 October – Treaty of the Hague signed between France, England and Holland.
- 14 November – first Eddystone Lighthouse illuminated.
- Piracy Act ("An Act for the more effectuall Suppressions of Piracy") passed.
- Popery Act enforces penalties against Roman Catholic priests.
- Reverend Thomas Bray founds the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.
- Royal African Company's monopoly abolished, opening the slave trade to any merchant.
- Thermal springs discovered at Matlock Bath in Derbyshire.
- The widow Bourne sets up the business which becomes Berry Brothers and Rudd in London. They will still be operating as wine merchants in the 21st century.
- Shepherd Neame Brewery established under this name in Faversham.
- 10 January? – Richard Savage, poet (died 1743)
- 8 May – Henry Baker, naturalist (died 1774)
- 26 September – William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire (died 1755)
- 24 December – William Warburton, critic and Bishop of Gloucester (died 1779)
- 24 January – William Holder, music theorist (born 1616)
- 7 February – Richard Adams, theologian (born c. 1626)
- 29 April – Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the Admiralty (born 1655)
- 25 August – Fleetwood Sheppard, courtier and literary wit (born 1634)
- 3 September – Sir Robert Howard, playwright, poet and politician (born 1626)
- Unknown date – Nicholas Barbon, economist (born c. 1640)
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