What Happened in 1797

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Significant Events

  • Feb 14 The Battle of Cape St Vincent: British fleet under Admiral Sir John Jervis defeats larger Spanish fleet under Admiral Don José de Córdoba y Ramos near Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. Captain Horatio Nelson distinguishes himself.
  • Feb 22 The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales.
  • Feb 26 Bank of England issues its first £1-note
  • Oct 11 Battle of Camperdown (Kamperduin): British navy defeats Dutch fleet
More Historical Events

World Leaders in 1797

Famous People in 1797

Famous Weddings

  • May 5 Napoleon I's sister Elisa marries Felix Bacciochi
  • May 30 Abolitionist William Wilberforce (37) weds Barbara Spooner (25) at St Swithins Church in Walcot, Bath
  • Jun 26 US President John Quincy Adams (29) weds Louisa Johnson (22) at All Hallows Barking parish in London