Famous Deaths in 1781

  • Jan 12 Richard Challoner, English Catholic prelate (b. 1691)
  • Jan 15 Marianne Victoria of Borbón, queen regent of Portugal (b. 1718)
  • Jan 17 Marie de Negre Dables, marquess, dies
  • Jan 22 Johann Siebenkas, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 4 Josef Myslivecek, composer, dies at 43
  • Feb 4 Willem Crul, admiral (West-Indies), dies in battle at 59
  • Feb 15 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Saxon playwright/critic, dies at 52
  • Feb 23 George Taylor, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (bc. 1716)
  • Feb 24 Edward Capell, English critic (b. 1713)
  • Feb 28 Richard Stockton, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 50
  • Mar 18 Anne Robert Turgot, French statesman (b. 1727)
  • Apr 23 James Abercrombie, British general (b. 1706)
  • Apr 28 Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1723)
  • May 8 Richard Jago, English poet (b. 1715)
  • May 18 Túpac Amaru II, Peruvian Indian revolutionary, a descendant of the last Inca ruler, Túpac Amaru (b. 1742)
  • May 22 Garret Wesley Mornington, composer, dies at 45
  • May 27 Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (b. 1716)
  • Jul 11 Adolph Carl Kunzen, composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 23 John Joachim Zubly, Swiss-born Continental Congressman (b. 1724)
  • Jul 29 Johann Kies, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1713)
  • Jul 30 Augustin Ullinger, composer, dies at 35
  • Sep 28 William Henry Nassau de Zuylestein, 4th Earl of Rochford, British diplomat and statesman (b. 1717)
  • Oct 9 Thomas Alexander Erskine Kelly, composer, dies at 49
  • Oct 16 Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (b. 1705)
  • Oct 27 Herman-Francois Delange, composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 2 Jose F de Isla, Spanish Jesuit/author, dies at 78
  • Nov 4 Johann Nikolaus Götz, German poet (b. 1721)
  • Nov 22 John Ekels, the Old, Amsterdam painter/cartoonist, dies at 57
  • Nov 24 James Caldwell, American revolutionary (b. 1734)
  • Dec 16 Georg Simon Lohlein, composer, dies at 56