1826 in the United Kingdom
Events from the year 1826 in the United Kingdom.
- 30 January – the Menai Suspension Bridge, built by engineer Thomas Telford, is opened between the island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales.
- 11 February – University College London is founded, under the name University of London.
- 24 February – Treaty of Yandabo cedes Arakan peninsula to Britain, ending the First Anglo-Burmese War.
- April – a number of leading scientists form the Zoological Society of London.
- 19 June – Tories under Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool win a substantial an increased majority over the Whigs in the general election.
- 20 June – Treaty of Bangkok increases British control over south-east Asia.
- 1 July – the Conway Suspension Bridge, built by engineer Thomas Telford, is opened in North Wales, completing his improvements to the Holyhead road.
- 10 August – the first Cowes Regatta is held on the Isle of Wight.
- 18 August – explorer Alexander Gordon Laing becomes the first European to reach Timbuktu.
- 26 September – Alexander Laing murdered in Timbuktu.
- Anglo-Ashanti war (1823–1831)
- Country Bankers Act 1826 permits joint-stock banks outside the London area, which may issue banknotes.
- The British crown colony of the Straits Settlements is established.
- Longstone Lighthouse first illuminated as Outer Farne Lighthouse (Joseph Nelson, engineer).
- Construction of the National Monument, Edinburgh on Calton Hill (to the dead of the Napoleonic Wars) is commenced; it will never be completed.
- Benjamin Disraeli's (anonymous) first novel Vivian Grey.
- Walter Scott's novel Woodstock.
- Felicia Dorothea Hemans' poem Casabianca, in The New Monthly Magazine (August).
- Christian Isobel Johnstone (as Margaret Dods)'s The Cook and Housewife's Manual.
- John C. Loudon's periodical The Gardener's Magazine first issued.
- 26 May – Richard Christopher Carrington, astronomer (died 1875)
- 18 June – William Maclagan, Archbishop of York (died 1910)
- 24 June – George Goyder, surveyor-general of South Australia (died 1898)
- 5 September – John Wisden, cricketer and creator of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (died 1884)
- 10 March – John Pinkerton, antiquarian (born 1758)
- 19 April – John Milner, Roman Catholic bishop and religious controversialist (born 1752)
- 5 July – Stamford Raffles, colonial governor and founder of Singapore (born 1781)
- 26 August – Lady Sarah Lennox, courtier (born 1745)
- 4 September – Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford, lawyer, judge and politician (born 1779)
- 26 September – Alexander Gordon Laing, Scottish explorer (born 1794)
- 26 November – John Nichols, printer and author (born 1745)
- 31 December – William Gifford, satirist (born 1756)
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- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.