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Famous Deaths in 1721

  • Jan 7 Rochus Aerts, Flemish sculptor, dies [or 1739]
  • Feb 5 James Stanhope 1st earl of Stanhope, English general, dies at 47
  • Feb 16 James Craggs the Younger, English politician, dies at 34
  • Feb 24 John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English statesman and poet (b. 1648)
  • Mar 12 Jan Luyts, Dutch physicist and mathematician, dies at 65
  • Mar 16 James Craggs the Elder, English politician (b. 1657)
  • Mar 19 Clement XI [Giovanni F Albani], Italian pope (ruled 1700-21), dies at 71
  • Apr 14 Michel Chamillart, French statesman (b. 1652)

Person of interestMary Read

Apr 28 Mary Read, English pirate who operated in the Caribbean, dies of a violent fever while in prison and likely still pregnant aged 35 or 36

Pirate Mary Read
Pirate
Mary Read
  • Jul 8 Elihu Yale, English merchant and philanthropist (benefactor of Yale University), dies at 72
  • Jul 18 Jean-Antoine Watteau, French Rococo painter (fĂȘtes galantes), dies at 36
  • Jul 25 Geleyn Evertsen, lt-admiral of Zealand, dies at 66
  • Aug 3 Grinling Gibbons, Dutch-born British sculptor and woodcarver, dies at 73
  • Aug 13 Jacques Lelong, French bibliographer, dies at 56
  • Sep 7 Bernhard Albinus, [Weiss], German artist (Frederik of Prussia), dies
  • Sep 8 Michael Brokoff, Czech sculptor, dies at 35
  • Sep 11 Rudolph J Camerarius, German physician (sexuality plans), dies
  • Sep 18 Matthew Prior, English poet and diplomat, dies at 57
  • Sep 20 Thomas Doggett, British comedy actor (Drury Lane Theatre), dies at approximately 51
  • Oct 2 Benott Audran, artist/engraver, dies
  • Oct 4 Abraham Alewijn, poet/playwright (Beslikte Swaantje), dies at 36
  • Oct 11 Edward Colston, English merchant and philanthropist, dies at 84
  • Dec 13 Alexander Selkirk, Scottish sailor and castaway (b. 1676)
  • Dec 17 Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough, English statesman (b. 1640)
  • Dec 22 Nathaniel Hawes, tortured & executed in England for robbery