1849 in The United Kingdom - Events


  • 13 January — Second Anglo-Sikh War: British forces retreat from the Battle of Chillianwala.
  • 22 January — Second Anglo-Sikh War: The city of Multan falls to the British East India Company following the Siege of Multan.
  • 21 February — Second Anglo-Sikh War: British victory at the Battle of Gujarat.
  • 3 March — The Arana-Southern Treaty with the Argentine Confederation ends British involvement in the Anglo-French blockade of the Río de la Plata.
  • 29 March — The United Kingdom annexes the Punjab.
  • 21 April — Great Famine (Ireland): 96 inmates of the overcrowded Ballinrobe Union Workhouse die over the course of the preceding week from illness and other famine-related conditions, a record high. This year's potato crop again fails and there are renewed outbreaks of cholera.
  • May — First exhibition of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood: John Everett Millais' Isabella and Holman Hunt's Rienzi at the Royal Academy summer exhibition, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Girlhood of Mary Virgin at the Free Exhibition on Hyde Park Corner.
  • 19 May — Irishman William Hamilton arrested after shooting blank shots at Queen Victoria.
  • 2–12 August — Visit of Queen Victoria to Cork, Dublin and Belfast.
  • 13 December — Foundation stone of Llandovery College is laid.

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