Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

Forthcoming Anniversaries

Bonnie Prince Charlie in Derby


4 Dec 1745: On this day in 1745 Charles Edward Stewart's army reached Derby. This was their furthest point south in the second Jacobite rising. (read more...)

Encyclopædia Britannica


6 Dec 1768: The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica was published in Edinburgh this day in 1768. (read more...)

The Metre

10 Dec 1799: The French government adopted the metre as the official unit of length this day in 1799. (read more...)

The Wold Cottage Meteorite


13 Dec 1795: On this day in 1795 a meteorite weighing 56 lb (25kg) landed in a field close to Wold Newton, East Yorkshire. This event was crucial in establishing the existence of extraterrestrial rocks as a scientific fact. (read more...)

Death of Thomas Rymer, Historiographer


14 Dec 2013: Historiographer Royal, Thomas Rhymer died this day in 1713 and was buried at St Clement Danes Church in the Strand, London. He was the son of Ralph Rymer, lord of the manor of Brafferton in Yorkshire, who was executed for his share in the Presbyterian rising of 1663. Thomas was well known in late seventeenth century literary circles, particularly ... (read more...)

Birthday of Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip

15 Dec 1713: Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip (1713-1802) was born. Ellis served as Secretary for the Colonies during the American War of Independence. (read more...)

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