Famous Deaths in January 1779

  • Jan 3 Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon (b. 1712)
  • Jan 20 Johannes Burman, Dutch botanist, plant author and physician, dies at 71
  • Jan 20 David Garrick, English actor, producer and writer (Aboan-Oroonoko), dies at 61
  • Jan 22 Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736)
  • Jan 22 Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer, dies at 45