List of famines & pestilances in England

List of famines & pestilences in England

Famine / Pestilences in England
up to 1894
   
Pre 1000 1100 1200 1300 1400 1500 1600 1700 1800
N,B.  Please read the foot note 
   
 664 Pestilence
793 General famine & severe mortality
897 Mortality of men & cattle for 3 yrs during & after Danish invasion
976 Famine
984 Famine, fever of men and murrain of cattle
986 Famine, fever of men and murrain of cattle
987 Famine, fever of men and murrain of cattle
1005 Desolation following expulsion of Dames
1036 Famine
1039 Famine
1044 Famine
1046 Very hard winter, pestilence & murrain
1048 Great mortality of men & cattle
1049 Great mortality of men & cattle
1069 Wasting of Yorkshire
1086 Great fever - pestilence. General sharp famine
1087 Great fever - pestilence. General sharp famine, spotted fever or "new disease"
1093 Flood, hard winter, severe famines, universal sickness & mortality
1095 Flood, hard winter, severe famines, universal sickness & mortality
1096 Flood, hard winter, severe famines, universal sickness & mortality
1097 Flood, hard winter, severe famines, universal sickness & mortality
1150 General pestilence & murrain
1104 General pestilence & murrain
1105 General pestilence & murrain
1110 Famine
1111 Famine
1112 "Destructive pestilence"
1125 Most dire famine in all England, pestilence & murrain
1130 Great murrain
1137 Famine from civil war, mortality
1140 Famine from civil war, mortality
1143 Famine & mortality
1175 Pestilence, famine
1189 Famine & mortality
1194 Effects of a 5 yr scarcity; great mortality over all England, Famines
1195 Effects of a 5 yr scarcity; great mortality over all England, Famines
1196 Effects of a 5 yr scarcity; great mortality over all England, Famines, Spotted fever or "new disease"
1197 Effects of a 5 yr scarcity; great mortality over all England
1201 Unprecedented plague of people & murrain of animals
1203 Great famine & mortality
1210 Sickly year throughout England
1234 3rd yr of scarcity, sickness
1247 Pestilence from Sept to Nov, dearth & famine
1257 Bad harvests, famine & fever in London and the country
1258 Bad harvests, famine & fever in London and the country
1258 Spotted fever or "new disease"
1259 Bad harvests, famine & fever in London and the country
1268 Probably murrain only
1271 Great famine & pestilence in England & Ireland
1274 Beginning of a great imported murrain among sheep
1285 Deaths from heat & drought
1294 Great scarcity, epidemics of flux
1315 General famine in England, great mortality from fever, flux & murrain, Spotted fever or "new disease", Plague of the throat - could have been anything
1316 General famine in England, great mortality from fever, flux & murrain, Spotted fever or "new disease", Plague of the throat - could have been anything
1347 Black Death
1348 Black Death
1349 Black Death, Great mortality
1361 Fever epidemic, Plague
1369 Plague or pestilence - primarily a famine-sickness
1375 Plague
1379 Great plague in northern parts
1391 Plague - nearly as bad as in the north as 1348-49
1405 Plague
1407 Plague
1420 Plague
1427 Influenza
1439 Pestilence
1464 Plague
1471 Plague
1472 Plague
1476 Plague
1478 Plague
1479 Plague
1485 Plague, English sweat
1487 Plague
1494 Syphilis (Also called Pox, Great Pox or French Pox)
1495 Syphilis (Also called Pox, Great Pox or French Pox)
1496 Syphilis (Also called Pox, Great Pox or French Pox)
1499 Plague - particularly severe
1500 Plague - particularly severe
1508 English sweat
1509 Great outbreak of plague
1510 Vague epidemic of ‘ague’
1513 Great outbreak of plague
1517 Great outbreak of plague - in autumn plague and sweat overlapped. English sweat
1528 English sweat
1531 Great outbreak of plague
1535 Great outbreak of plague
1539 Vague epidemic of ‘ague’. Choleraic disease. Dysentery
1540 Choleraic disease. Dysentery. Spotted fever or "new disease"
1543 Great outbreak of plague
1547 Great outbreak of plague
1551 English sweat - never seen again
1557 Choleraic disease. Ague. Influenza. Spotted fever or "new disease"
1558 Choleraic disease. Ague. Influenza. Spotted fever or "new disease"
1563 Plague
1568 Plague
1580 Choleraic disease. ‘Hot ague’. Spotted fever or "new disease"
1581 Choleraic disease. ‘Hot ague’. Spotted fever or "new disease"
1582 Choleraic disease. ‘Hot ague’. Spotted fever or "new disease"
1585 Plague - Chesterfield Nov
1587 Plague - Chesterfield May
1596 Choleraic disease. Spotted fever or "new disease"
1597 Spotted fever or "new disease". Famine-fever or influenza
1602 Plague
1603 Plague
1610 Smallpox, plague
1611 Plague
1612 Epidemic ague, spotted fever or "new disease"
1613 Smallpox, Epidemic ague, spotted fever or "new disease"
1614 Smallpox
1616 Epidemic ague
1621 Smallpox
1622 Smallpox
1623 Great fever, spotted fever or spotted ague, ‘Hot ague’
1624 Great fever, spotted fever or spotted ague, ‘Hot ague’
1625 Great fever, spotted fever or spotted ague, ‘Hot agues’, great plague, Harvest ague end, malignant fever
1626 Plague & malignant fever
1627 Plague & malignant fever
1628 Smallpox, .measles, plague & malignant fever
1632 Moderate smallpox
1634 Smallpox
1638 Epidemic ague and ‘hot ague’, spotted fever or "new disease"
1639 Epidemic ague and ‘hot ague’
1641 Smallpox (London), plague
1643 War - typhus, spotted fever or "new disease", epidemics of ‘hot ague’
1644 Plague, spotted fever or "new disease", epidemics of ‘hot ague’
1645 Plague
1646 Plague
1647 Plague
1648 Plague
1649 Plague, smallpox (London)
1650 Plague
1651 Spotted fever or "new disease", epidemics of ‘hot ague’
1652 Smallpox in London
1655 Smallpox in London
1656 Measles
1657 Great epidemics of agues, with influenzas, ‘Hot agues’
1658 Great epidemics of agues, with influenzas, ‘Hot agues’, catarrhal influenza, spotted fever or "new disease"
1659 Great epidemics of agues, with influenzas, ‘Hot agues’, smallpox, catarrhal influenza, spotted fever or "new disease"
1661 Fever of brain and nervous stock (spinal cord) affected mainly children, fevers, smallpox, spotted fever or "new disease"
1662 Fevers, spotted fever or "new disease"
1663 Fevers, spotted fever or "new disease"
1664 Fevers, spotted fever or "new disease"
1665 Great plague (last), smallpox, spotted fever or "new disease"
1666 Plague (last)
1667 Smallpox
1668 Smallpox
1669 Smallpox, cholera nostras, infantile diarrhea, Choleraic summers
1670 Measles, smallpox, choleraic summers
1671 Smallpox, "Griping in the guts"
1672 Smallpox, "Griping in the guts"
1673 Comatose fever
1674 Comatose fever, measles first ½ of year and smallpox in last ½
1675 Comatose fever, influenza, "Griping in the guts"
1676 Comatose fever, "Griping in the guts"
1678 Ague (hot) epidemic, influenza
1679 Ague (hot) epidemic
1680 Ague (hot) epidemic
1681 Ague (hot) epidemic, smallpox
1684 Severe bowel complaints
1685 Typhus, smallpox
1686 Typhus
1688 Influenza, infantile diarrhea
1689 Infantile diarrhea
1693 ‘Seven ill years’, influenza
1694 ‘Seven ill years’, fever epidemic in London, smallpox killed Queen Mary 28 Dec??
1695 ‘Seven ill years’
1696 ‘Seven ill years’
1697 ‘Seven ill years’
1698 ‘Seven ill years’
1699 ‘Seven ill years’
1703 Scarlet fever in London
1705 Measles
1706 Measles
1709 London fever, influenza
1710 London fever, smallpox
1712 Influenza
1714 Epidemic of fever in London following bad harvests and high prices, smallpox
1715 "Convulsions"
1718 Typhus, measles
1719 Measles, smallpox, typhus
1722 General smallpox epidemic
1723 General smallpox epidemic, convulsions and griping
1725 Smallpox in London
1726 relapsing fever + some typhus, convulsions and griping
1727 Great febrile epidemic in London, relapsing fever + some typhus, fatal anginas, cholera, epidemic agues and ‘influenzas’, fever, convulsions and griping, dysentery (amongst others), smallpox in London
1728 relapsing fever + some typhus, cholera, epidemic agues and ‘influenzas’, fever, convulsions and griping, dysentery (amongst others), smallpox in London
1729 Great febrile epidemic in London, relapsing fever + some typhus, cholera, epidemic agues and ‘influenzas’, fever, convulsions and griping, dysentery (amongst others), smallpox in London
1731 Smallpox in London
1733 Measles followed an influenza epidemic in same year, scarlet fever, influenza
1734 Scarlet fever, convulsions, ‘milatary fever’ (eruption of red and purple and white vesicles), smallpox in London
1735 ‘Milatary fever’ (eruption of red and purple and white vesicles)
1736 ‘Milatary fever’ (eruption of red and purple and white vesicles), smallpox in London
1737 Influenza, smallpox in London
1739 Typhus
1740 Typhus and smallpox
1741 Smallpox, great epidemic of fever, great typhus epidemic, fever in Sheffield
1742 Smallpox, great epidemic of fever, great typhus epidemic
1743 Dysentery followed influenza
1745 Ulcerous sore throat - Sheffield
1746 Smallpox in London
1749 Smallpox in London
1751 Smallpox
1752 Smallpox
1754 Smallpox in London
1755 Measles
1756 Putrid fever
1757 Fever in Sheffield Oct/Nov, smallpox in London
1758 Dysentery
1759 Dysentery, Yorkshire epidemic (‘Miliary’), "anomalous malignant measles"
1760 Dysentery, Yorkshire epidemic (‘Miliary’), "anomalous malignant measles"
1761 Dysentery
1762 Dysentery, influenza
1767 Influenza
1772 Smallpox
1773 London high febrile mortality, smallpox in Warrington
1774 Smallpox in Chester
1775 Influenza
1777 Scarletina anginosa
1778 Scarletina anginosa
1780 Dysentery, epidemic agues
1781 Carlisle typhus, smallpox in N England, dysentery, epidemic agues
1782 Epidemic catarrh (influenza), epidemic agues
1783 Smallpox in N England (B population of Whitehaven killed), dysentery, ague
1784 Dysentery, ague, epidemic agues
1785 Dysentery, ague, epidemic agues
1788 Scarletina, influenza
1789 Relapsing fever
1790 Relapsing fever
1793 Diphtheria
1794 Diphtheria
1796 Smallpox
1797 Scarletina, scarlet fever
1798 Scarletina, scarlet fever
1799 Scarletina, scarlet fever
1800 Scarletina, scarlet fever, smallpox
1801 Scarletina, scarlet fever
1802 Scarletina, scarlet fever
1803 Scarletina, scarlet fever, influenza
1807 Measles
1808 Measles
1810 Typhus
1811 Measles, typhus, smallpox
1812 Measles, smallpox
1817 Fever epidemic, typhus and relapsing fever, smallpox
1818 Fever epidemic, typhus and relapsing fever, smallpox
1819 Fever epidemic, typhus and relapsing fever, smallpox
1825 Dysentery, smallpox with typhus or relapsing fever
1826 Dysentery, smallpox with typhus or relapsing fever
1827 Smallpox with typhus or relapsing fever
1828 Dysentery
1831 Indian or Asiatic cholera, influenza
1832 Indian or Asiatic cholera
1833 Influenza
1836 Influenza, dysentery
1837 Diarrhea, influenza, typhus, smallpox, smallpox with typhus or relapsing fever
1838 Smallpox with typhus or relapsing fever
1839 Smallpox with typhus or relapsing fever
1840 Smallpox with typhus or relapsing fever, scarletina, scarlet fever epidemic centered in Lancashire towns
1841 Scarlet fever epidemic centered in Lancashire towns
1844 Scarletina
1846 Enteric fever, diarrhea and choleraic disease
1847 Influenza, smallpox with typhus or relapsing fever
1848 Influenza, smallpox with typhus or relapsing fever, scarletina
1849 Smallpox with typhus or relapsing fever, cholera
1854 Cholera (Sheffield 126)
1856 Diphtheria
1857 Diphtheria
1858 Diphtheria, scarletina
1859 Diphtheria, scarletina
1861 Typhus
1862 Typhus
1863 Typhus, diphtheria, scarletina
1864 Typhus, diphtheria, scarletina
1865 Typhus, cholera
1866 Typhus, cholera, great epidemics of whooping cough
1867 Typhus
1868 Diphtheria, scarletina, smallpox North Western and Midland divisions
1869 Diphtheria, scarletina, smallpox North Western and Midland divisions
1870 Diphtheria, scarletina, smallpox North Western and Midland divisions
1871 Smallpox
1872 Smallpox
1874 Diphtheria, scarletina
1878 Great epidemics of whooping cough
1888 Smallpox in Sheffield
1889 Influenza
1890 Influenza
1891 Influenza
1892 Influenza
1893 Influenza, infantile diarrhea
1894 Influenza
   


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Last updated by James Fraser 28/11/2006