Famous Deaths in 1772

  • Feb 10 Jozef Wenceslas, monarch of Liechtenstein/general, dies at 75
  • Feb 18 Johann Hartwig Ernst, Count von Bernstorff, Danish statesman (b. 1712)
  • Mar 2 Robert J Pothier, French lawyer, dies at 73
  • Mar 11 Johann George Reutter, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 21 Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, French cartographer (b. 1703)
  • Mar 22 John Canton, English physicist, dies at 53
  • Mar 26 Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (b. 1704)
  • Mar 29 Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish philosopher and mathematician (b. 1688)
  • Apr 19 Johann Peter Kellner, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 28 Johann Friedrich Struensee, physician of Christian VII of Denmark (b. 1737)
  • May 1 Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer/statistics/economist, dies at 52
  • May 11 Joseph Kerckhoff, Limburg surgeon/robber captain, hanged
  • May 22 Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (b. 1687)
  • Jun 12 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (b. 1724)
  • Jun 15 Louis-Claude Daquin, French organist/composer (La Rose), dies at 77
  • Jun 18 Gerard of Swieten, botanist/painter of Maria Theresia, dies at 72
  • Jun 18 Johann Ulrich von Cramer, German judge and philosopher (b. 1706)
  • Aug 21 Alessandro Felici, composer, dies at 29
  • Aug 21 Johann Andreas Joseph Giulini, composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 31 William Borlase, English naturalist (b. 1695)
  • Sep 30 James Brindley, English engineer (b. 1716)
  • Oct 7 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist (b. 1720)
  • Oct 8 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 5 Johannes Schmidlin, composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 5 Pieter Steyn, Dutch grand pensionary (1749-72), dies at 66
  • Nov 10 Pedro Antonio Joaquim Correa da Serra Garção, Portuguese poet (b. 1724)
  • Nov 11 John Mauritius Quinkhard, portrait painter, dies at 84
  • Nov 19 William Nelson, American colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1711)
  • Dec 12 Johann Gottfried Seyfert, composer, dies at 41
  • Dec 28 Ernst J earl van/of Biron, Russian duke of Courland, dies at 82