1792 in Great Britain
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Events from the year 1792 in the Kingdom of Great Britain.
- 25 January – the radical London Corresponding Society established.
- 7 March – a settlement is formed in Sierra Leone in West Africa as a home for freed slaves.
- 4 June – Captain George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for Britain.
- 21 June – Iolo Morganwg holds the first Gorsedd ceremony, at Primrose Hill in London.
- September – Macartney Embassy: George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, sails from Portsmouth in HMS Lion as the first official envoy from the Kingdom of Great Britain to China.
- 14 September – Thomas Paine flees to France after being indicted for treason.
- 29 September – first St Patrick's Church, Soho Square, London (Roman Catholic) consecrated as a chapel.
- 2 October – Baptist Missionary Society is founded in Kettering.
- 18 December – the trial of Thomas Paine in absentia for treason begins. He is outlawed.
- Over 300 petitions are presented to Parliament against the slave trade. The House of Commons pledges to "gradually" abolish the trade.
- "Year of the Sheep" in the Scottish Highlands: mass emigration of crofters following Clearances for grazing.
- The Libel Act gives the right to juries determine what constitutes libel.
- Henry Walton Smith and his wife Anna establish the newsagent's business in Little Grosvenor Street, London, which will become W H Smith.
- Thomas Holcroft's Anna St. Ives, the first British Jacobin novel.
- Thomas Paine's second edition of Rights of Man, urging the overthrow of the British monarchy.
- Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, one of the earliest works of feminist literature.
- 10 February – Frederick Marryat, author (died 1848)
- 19 February – Roderick Murchison, geologist (died 1871)
- 7 March – John Herschel, mathematician and astronomer (died 1871)
- 25 April – John Keble, churchman and poet (died 1866)
- 17 May – Anne Isabella Milbanke, wife of George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (died 1860)
- 16 June – John Linnell, painter (died 1882)
- 7 July – William Henry Smith, businessman (died 1865)
- 4 August – Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet (died 1822)
- 13 August – Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen of William IV (died 1849)
- 18 August – John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, Prime Minister (died 1878)
- 11 November – Mary Anne Evans, wife of Benjamin Disraeli (died 1872)
- 27 January – George Horne, bishop (born 1730)
- 23 February – Sir Joshua Reynolds, painter (born 1723)
- 3 March – Robert Adam, architect (born 1728)
- 10 March – John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister (born 1713)
- 3 April
- 30 April – John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, statesman (born 1718)
- 24 May – George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, naval officer (born 1719)
- 4 June – John Burgoyne, general (born 1723)
- 18 July – John Paul Jones, sailor and the United States's first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolution. (born 1747)
- 3 August – Richard Arkwright, inventor (born 1732)
- 5 August – Frederick North, Lord North, Prime Minister (born 1732)
- 28 October – John Smeaton, civil engineer (born 1724)
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- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 978-0-14-102715-9.
- "Scotland and the Slave Trade: 2007 Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, Scottish Executive website". Retrieved 1 September 2007.[dead link]
- Everett, Jason M. (ed.) (2006). "1792". The People's Chronology. Thomson Gale.
- "Our Company: History 1792–1900". W H Smith PLC. 2008. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2010.