1744 in Great Britain
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Events from the year 1744 in Great Britain.
- 10–11 February (22–23 February New Style) - War of the Austrian Succession: British fleet defeated by a Franco-Spanish fleet at the Battle of Toulon with loss of the fire ship HMS Anne Galley and all her crew.
- 27 February - A planned French invasion of Britain fails when a violent storm partially wrecks the French invasion force attempting to cross from Dunkirk to Maldon.
- 4–15 March - War of the Austrian Succession: France declares war on Britain.
- 3 October - HMS Victory (1737) is wrecked on the Casquets in the Channel Islands with the loss of around 900 lives.
- 28 December–8 January 1745 - War of the Austrian Succession: The Quadruple Alliance of Britain, Austria, Saxony-Poland and the United Netherlands is formed against Prussia.
- Undated - Mineral springs discovered at Thorp Spa in the West Riding of Yorkshire by John Shires.
- April - Eliza Haywood's monthly The Female Spectator begins publication, the first periodical written for women by a woman.
- Samuel Johnson's biography of Richard Savage.
- John Newbery's children's book A Little Pretty Pocket-Book.
- Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book, containing the earliest known printed versions of many nursery rhymes.
- William Williams Pantycelyn's first collection of Welsh hymns Aleluia (first part).
- The first known Laws of cricket.
- First definitive version of the national anthem God Save the King in Thesaurus Musicus.
- 13 February - David Allan, painter (died 1796)
- 19 May - Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen of George III of Great Britain (died 1818)
- 14 February - John Hadley, inventor (born 1682)
- 30 May - Alexander Pope, writer (born 1688)
- 9 August - James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, patron of the arts (born 1673)
- 18 October - Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, friend of Queen Anne (born 1660)
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- "Icons, a portrait of England 1700-1750". Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-24.