Thomas Thistlewood
Thomas Thistlewood (16 March 1721 ‒ 30 November 1786) was a British citizen who migrated to western Jamaica where he became a plantation overseer and owner of land, property, and slaves. He is remembe...
Nathanael Greene
Nathanael Greene (August 7 [O.S. July 27] 1742 – June 19, 1786, frequently misspelled Nathaniel) was a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolution...
Josiah Martin
Lieutenant-Colonel Josiah Martin (23 April 1737 – 13 April 1786) was the last Royal Governor of the Province of North Carolina (1771–1775).
Martin was born in Dublin, Ireland, of a planter family ...
George Beauclerk, 3rd Duke of St Albans
George Beauclerk, 3rd Duke of St Albans (25 June 1730 – 1 February 1786 Brussels) was a son of Charles Beauclerk, 2nd Duke of St Albans and his wife Lucy Werden. His grandfather, Charles Beaucle...
Gilbert Stuart (writer)
Gilbert Stuart (1742–1786) was a Scottish journalist and historian.
He was born in Edinburgh, the only surviving son of George Stuart (died 1793), professor of the Latin language and Roman antiqui...
Gustaf Lundberg
Gustaf Lundberg (Stockholm 17 August 1695 - Stockholm 18 March 1786) was a Swedish rococo pastelist and portrait painter, working in Paris and later in Stockholm.
Lundberg was born in Stockholm 17...
Claude-Henri Watelet
Claude-Henri Watelet (28 August 1718 – 12 January 1786) was a rich French fermier-général who was an amateur painter, a well-respected etcher, a writer on the arts and a connoisseur of gardens. Watel...
Jeanie (Jenny) Cameron
Jeanie (Jenny) Cameron (1695?-1773?) or (1724? -1786?) was a hero of the Jacobite Risings in Scotland under Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. She was noted for her beauty, charm and manners. Her biograph...
John Goffe
John Goffe (a.k.a. "Hunter John," born March 25, 1701 in Boston, Massachusetts; died October 20, 1786 in New Hampshire) was a Colonial American soldier. His name is preserved in the name of Goffstown,...
Franz Benda
Franz Benda (Czech: František Benda; baptised 22 November 1709 – 7 March 1786) was a Bohemian violinist and composer. He was the brother of Jiří Antonín Benda, and he worked for much of his l...
Nonhelema
Nonhelema (ca. 1720 – 1786) was a Shawnee chieftess during the 18th century and the sister of Cornstalk, with whom she migrated to Ohio and founded neighboring villages.Nonhelema, known as a warrior, ...
Willielma Campbell
Willielma Campbell, Lady Glenorchy (1741-1786) was a patroness of evangelical missionary work in Scotland and beyond.Willielma Maxwell was born, in Galloway, as the daughter of the wealthy William Max...
William Warden
William Warden (1761 – March 18, 1786) was a printer in late 18th-century Boston, Massachusetts. In March 1784, when Warden was 23 years of age, he established the Massachusetts Centinel newspaper, wi...
Joseph Gulston (collector)
Joseph Gulston (1745-1786), was an English collector and connoisseur.
His father, Joseph Gulston, a successful loan contractor, was elected M.P. for Poole in 1741, 1747, 1754, and 1761, and built ...
William Christian (Virginia)
William Christian (c.1743—April 9, 1786) was an Indian fighter, Continental soldier, militiaman and politician from the Colony of Virginia who served in the era of the American Revolution. He was a si...
Sir Hugh Owen, 5th Baronet
Sir Hugh Owen, 5th Baronet (?1731-86), of Orielton, Pembrokeshire, Wales.He was educated at Newcome's School in Hackney, London.He was a Member (MP) for Pembrokeshire 20 March 1770 - 16 January 1786.<...
Unknown Sailor
The Unknown Sailor was an anonymous seafarer murdered in September 1786 at Hindhead in Surrey, England. His murderers were hanged in chains on Gibbet Hill, Hindhead the following year.
The Unknown...
Johann Kaspar Füssli
Johann Kaspar Füssli, also written Johann Caspar Fuesslins or Fuessly (9 March 1743 – 4 May 1786), was a Swiss painter, entomologist and publisher.He was born in Zurich, the son of Johann Caspar Füssl...
Frederick the Great
Frederick II (German: Friedrich; 24 January 1712 – 17 August 1786) was the third Hohenzollern king, reigning over the Kingdom of Prussia from 1740 until 1786. Frederick's achievemen...
Silvester Gardiner
Dr. Silvester Gardiner (June 29, 1708 – August 8, 1786) was a physician, pharmaceutical merchant and visionary land developer of Maine.He was born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, the son of William ...
Michèl Yost
Michèl Yost (Paris, 1754 – Paris, July 5, 1786) was a famous French clarinetist and cofounder of the French clarinet school. He was a brilliant instrumentalist and even known beyond the boundaries of...
John Holker (Jacobite)
John Holker (1719 – 27 April 1786) was a Jacobite soldier, industrialist, and one of the world's first industrial espionage agents, born in Stretford, England, to blacksmith John Holker and his w...
Peter III of Portugal
Peter III (Portuguese: Pedro III ([ˈpedɾu]) (5 July 1717 – 25 May 1786) became King of the Kingdom of Portugal and the Algarves by the accession of his wife and niece Queen Maria I in 1777, and co-rei...
Michael Arne
Michael Arne (1740 or 1741 – 14 January 1786) was an English composer, harpsichordist, organist, singer, and actor. He was the son of the composer Thomas Arne and the soprano Cecilia Yo...
Giovanni Battista Lampugnani
Giovanni Battista Lampugnani (c. 1708 – 2 June 1786) was an Italian composer, born in Milan. He studied in Naples where he made his debut as a composer of opera in 1732. In 1743 he went to London to t...
Sō Shiseki
Sō Shiseki (宋 紫石, 1715 - 9 April 1786) was a Japanese painter of the Nagasaki and Nanpin schools.Originally from Edo, he spent some time in Nagasaki, where he studied under the Chinese painter Son...
Great Britain in the Seven Years' War
Great Britain was one of the major participants in the Seven Years' War which lasted between 1756 and 1763. Britain emerged from the war as the world's leading colonial power, having gained a number o...
Prokofi Akinfiyevich Demidov
Prokofi Akinfiyevich Demidov (8 July 1710 – 4 November 1786) was a Russian industrialist and philanthropist.
The eldest son of Akinfiy Demidov, Prokofi inherited the enormous Demidov family fortun...
Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel
Admiral Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel PC (25 April 1725 – 2 October 1786) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the Seven Years' War and the War of American Independence. During the final ye...
Petronella Johanna de Timmerman
Petronella Johanna de Timmerman (31 January 1723, Middelburg – 2 May 1786, Utrecht) was a Dutch poet and scientist.Married in 1769 to Johann Friedrich Hennert, professor of mathematics, astronomy and ...