1753 was a very good year… for some if not for others. The British Museum is established by an act of Parliament and Robert Wood reveals the existence of the ruins of Palmyra in Syria to the French and English.
In Virginia British Lieut Governor Robert Dinwiddie commissions a little-known 21-year-old officer, a Major George Washington, to dissuade the French from occupying the Ohio country. St Patrick’s Day is officially celebrated for the first time.
The Jewish Naturalisation Act gets royal assent (but is repealed a year later), Species Plantarum is published introducing the scientific classification of plants.
Parliament passes the Marriage Act “for the better preventing clandestine marriage” in England and Wales. James Lind writes a treatise on scurvy. The word “anthropromorphism” appears for the first time.
John Sloane, who will go on to design the Bank of England, is born. Godolphin Arabian, the thoroughbred stallion, dies as does the Russian physicist Georg Wilhelm Richmann when he is struck by lightning. Archibald Cameron of Locheil is the last Scottish Jacobite to be executed for treason.
And on 20 October 1753 Mr John Hodges agrees a mortgage to loan £100, no shillings, no pence, to Mr Edward Holmes for a stone house in King’s Court. The stamp duty was 12 pence.