1817 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1817 in the United Kingdom.
- 25 January - The Scotsman is first published in Edinburgh as a liberal weekly newspaper by lawyer William Ritchie and customs official Charles Maclaren.
- February - Last major Luddite attack, against lace-making machines in Loughborough.
- 4 March - Habeas Corpus suspended amidst fears of insurrection (to January 1818).
- 10 March - The Blanketeers march from Manchester to London.
- 3 April - 'Princess Caraboo' appears in Almondsbury in Gloucestershire.
- 9–10 June - Pentrich Rising: Army prevents protesting labourers from Derbyshire marching on Nottingham.
- 18 June - Waterloo Bridge opens in London.
- 5 July - The Sovereign coin reintroduced.
- December - Posthumous publication of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (dated 1818) for the first time reveals her (previously anonymous) authorship of all her novels.
- Elgin Marbles displayed in British Museum.
- John Kidd extracts naphthalene from coal tar.
- A Typhus epidemic occurs in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
- John Constable paints Flatford Mill.
- Gas lighting is introduced on stage in London's West End theatres: on 6 August by The English Opera House (extended to the auditorium on 8 September) and on 6 September at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (where it is already installed in the auditorium and foyer) and Theatre Royal, Covent Garden (as a demonstration).
- Approximate date - Britain's longest tramroad tunnel is opened at Blaenavon, more than a mile (2400m) in length.
- Jane Austen's novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
- Lord Byron's dramatic poem Manfred.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Biographia Literaria.
- Thomas Moore's poem Lalla Rookh: an oriental romance.
- Thomas Love Peacock's novel Melincourt.
- David Ricardo's treatise On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation.
- Thomas Rickman's An Attempt to discriminate the Styles of English Architecture from the Conquest to the Reformation, the first systematic treatise on Gothic architecture.
- Walter Scott's anonymous novel Rob Roy.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley's travelogue History of a Six Weeks' Tour (largely the work of Mary Shelley) and poem Hymn to Intellectual Beauty.
- 6 January - J. J. McCarthy, architect (died 1882)
- 8 January - Sir Theophilus Shepstone, British-born South African statesman (died 1893)
- 15 July - John Fowler, civil engineer (died 1898)
- 30 June - Joseph Dalton Hooker, botanist (died 1911)
- 18 July - Jane Austen, novelist (born 1775)
- 6 November - Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Prince and Princess of Wales and second in line to the throne (born 1796)
- 27 December - Sir Richard Onslow, 1st Baronet, naval commander (born 1741)
- "The Scotsman". Edinburgh: The Scotsman Digital Archive. 25 January 1817. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 249–250. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- "Theatres Compete in Race to Install Gas Illumination - 1817" (PDF). Over The Footlights. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
- van Laun, John. Early Limestone Railways. London: Newcomen Society. p. 50. ISBN 0-904685-09-8.
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.