Historical Events in 1715

  • Apr 15 Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.

The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey

Apr 20 Nicholas Rowe's play "The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey" premieres in London

Event of Interest

Apr 29 English Astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus for 6th time

  • May 1 Prussia declares war on Sweden

Halley Observes Baily's Beads

May 3 Edmond Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads"

  • Jun 15 Ottoman army lands at Acrocorinth, beginning their reconquest of the Morea (Peloponnese)

Siege of Corinth

Jul 5 Ottoman troops storm citadel of Acrocorinth in the Peloponnese, massacring a large part of the population and selling the rest into slavery. Inspires Lord Byron's poem "The Siege of Corinth"

  • Jul 29 10 Spanish treasure galleons sunk off Florida coast by a hurricane
  • Jul 30 Spanish gold and silver fleet disappears off St Lucie, Florida
  • Aug 1 First Doggett's Coat and Badge race (Waterman's race) held on Thames River (London Bridge to Chelsea)
  • Aug 27 Earl of Mar raises the Jacobite standard at Braemar, Aberdeenshire starting the Jacobite uprising in Scotland

Louis XIV's Record Reign

Sep 1 King Louis XIV of France dies after a reign of 72 years—the longest of any major European monarch.

  • Nov 13 Battle of Sheriffmuir during Jacobite rebellion. Battle inconclusive but Government forces halt advance of Jacobite army lead by Scottish Earl of Mar
  • Nov 15 Barrier Treaty, Austria cedes area to Netherlands
  • Nov 24 London's Thames River freezes over
  • Nov 25 First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
  • Dec 12 Russian and Prussian troops occupy Stralsund [NS=12/23]
  • Dec 22 English pretender to the throne James III lands at Peterhead
  • Dec 23 Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund
  • Dec 24 Swedish troops occupy Norway