1721 - 1730

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1721

Robert Walpole (Whig) becomes first Prime Minister (to 1742)

Bailey's Northern Directory

1722

Last trial for witchcraft in Scotland

Knatchbull's Act, poor laws

1723

Excise tax levied for coffee, tea, and chocolate

The Waltham Black Acts add 50 capital offences to the penal code people could be sentenced to death for theft and poaching

The Workhouse Act or Test to get relief, a poor person has to enter Workhouse

1725-1726

Treaty of Hanover: France, Prussia, England v. Spain, Austria

1726

First circulating library opened in Edinburgh

Invention of the chronometer by John Harrison

1727

Board of Manufacturers established in Scotland

June 11: George I dies George II Hanover becomes king

1729

Methodists begin at Oxford

1730

Irish famine

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