1719 in Great Britain
- April – Bank rate set at 5%, at which it will remain for more than a century.
- 28 April – a Peerage Bill, proposed by Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland and James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, to prevent the creation of peers in the House of Lords, is defeated in the House of Commons by the eloquence of Robert Walpole.
- 10 June – British Government forces defeat an alliance of Jacobite and Spanish forces at the Battle of Glen Shiel in Scotland.
- 18 September – James Figg claims to be the first English bare-knuckle boxing champion, a title he will hold until at least 1730.
- December – 1719 Establishment lays down the technical specifications for construction of warships for the Royal Navy.
- The South Sea Company proposes a scheme by which it would buy more than half the national debt of Britain in exchange for concessions.
- 25 April – Daniel Defoe's (anonymous) novel Robinson Crusoe.
- Eliza Haywood's (anonymous) amatory novel Love in Excess; Or, The Fatal Enquiry, vol. I.
- Isaac Watts's 'Our God, Our Help in Ages Past' published.
- 23 January – John Landen, mathematician (died 1790)
- 13 February – George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney (died 1792)
- 4 March – George Pigot, Baron Pigot, governor of Madras (died 1777)
- 13 March – John Griffin, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, field marshal (died 1797)
- 30 May – Roger Newdigate, politician (died 1806)
- 11 August – George Augustus Selwyn, Member of Parliament (died 1791)
- 18 January – Samuel Garth, physician and poet (born 1661)
- 17 June – Joseph Addison, writer and politician (born 1672)
- 7 September – John Harris, encyclopaedist (born c. 1666)
- 27 September – George Smalridge, Bishop of Bristol (born 1662)
- 26 November – John Hudson, classical scholar (born 1662)
- 31 December – John Flamsteed, astronomer (born 1646)
- "Changes in Bank Rate" (PDF). Bank of England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
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- McKechnie, The reform of the House of Lords etc
- "James Figg (the "First Champion")". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
- Leavis, Q. D. (1965). Fiction and the Reading Public (rev. ed.). London: Chatto & Windus.