Famous Deaths in 1788

  • Jan 5 Johann Schneider, German composer and pupil of Bach, dies at 85
  • Jan 11 François Joseph Paul de Grasse, French admiral (commanded the French fleet at the Battle of the Chesapeake), dies at 64
  • Jan 14 François Joseph Paul, marquis de Grasetilly, comte de Grasse, French admiral (b. 1722)
  • Jan 15 Gaetano Latilla, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 17 Alessio Prati, composer, dies at 37
  • Jan 31 Francesco Zannetti, composer, dies at 50
  • Jan 31 [Bonnie Prince] Charles Edward Stuart, English pretender to throne (Jacobite rebellion), dies at 67
  • Feb 18 John Whitehurst, English clockmaker and scientist (b. 1713)
  • Feb 20 Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck, Dutch regent (Utrecht), dies at 68
  • Feb 21 Johann Georg Palitzsch, German astronomer (b. 1723)
  • Feb 22 Franz Joseph Oehlschlagel, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 28 Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman (b. 1725)
  • Mar 1 Orazio Mei, composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 29 Charles Wesley, hymn writer, dies
  • Apr 12 Carl Joseph Toeschi, composer, dies at 56
  • Apr 12 Carlo Antonio Campioni, composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 15 Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 16 George-Louis Leclerc, count de Buffon, French naturalist and writer on natural history (Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière), dies at 80
  • Apr 22 Zacharias H Alewijn, Dutch poet, dies 46
  • May 8 Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born physician and naturalist (b. 1723)
  • May 29 Jacques Aliamet, French etcher/engraver, dies at 61
  • Jun 12 Johann A Cramer, prime minister/poet, dies at 65
  • Jun 18 Adam Gib, Scottish religious leader (b. 1714)
  • Jun 21 Johann Georg Hamann, German counter-enlightenment philosopher ("Reason is language"), dies at 57
  • Jun 28 Johann Christoph Vogel, German composer, dies at 32
  • Jul 14 Johann Gottfried Muthel, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 2 Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), dies at 61
  • Aug 8 Louis FAD Duke the Richelieu, French marshal, dies at 92
  • Aug 14 Thomas Sheridan, Irish actor, biographer and lexicographer (Intelligencer), dies at approximately 69
  • Sep 14 John Penn, US attorney, signed (Declaration of Independence), dies at 47
  • Sep 14 Theodore-Jean Tarade, composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 26 Francois Bainville, composer, dies at 63
  • Oct 13 Robert Nugent, 1st Earl Nugent, Irish politician and poet (b. 1702)
  • Oct 15 Samuel Greig, Scottish-Russian admiral (b. 1735)
  • Oct 18 Jean-Guillain Cardon, composer, dies at 56
  • Nov 1 Johann Samuel Schroeter, composer, dies
  • Nov 15 Peregrinus Pogl, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 28 Charles C of Nassau-Weilburg, governor of Maastricht, dies at about 53
  • Dec 6 Jonathan Shipley, British bishop and politician (b. 1714)
  • Dec 12 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, dies at 88
  • Dec 14 Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, German composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 14 Carlos III, King of Naples/Spain (1759-88), dies at 72
  • Dec 22 Percivall Pott, English physician and surgeon (b. 1714)
  • Dec 25 John Logan, Scottish conductor (Ode to the Cuckoo), dies at about 40
  • Dec 30 Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian rococo painter and etcher, dies at 86