1778       

5th. March Thursday
Samuel Bayley, of Booth Hall, died March 5, 1778. He was the son of “old” James Bayley, and was born December 31, 1717. (7)

23rd. March Monday
Samuel Ogden, D.D., Woodwardian professor in the university of Cambridge, and vicar of Davenham, in Wiltshire, died March 23, in the 62nd year of his age, and was interred in St. Sepulchre’s Church, Cambridge. He was born at Manchester in 1716, and educated at the Free Grammar School, from whence he proceeded, in 1733, to Cambridge. In 1744 he became master of the Free Grammar School at Halifax, but resigned in 1753 in order to reside at Cambridge. In private life Dr. Ogden was greatly beloved, but in his appearance and outward demeanour there is said to have been something uncouth. He was a man of extensive erudition. On the accession of George III. he produced congratulatory poems in Latin, English, and Arabic. This gave rise to the following epigram :-

When Ogden his prosaic verse
In Latin numbers drest,
The Roman language prov’d too weak
To stand the critic’s test  

The English rhyme he next essayed,
To show he’d some pretence;
But, ah ! rhyme only would not do—
They still expected sense.

Enraged, the Doctor swore he’d place
On critics no reliance;
So wrapt his thoughts in Arabic,
And bade them all defiance.

(7)

April
James Hargreaves, the inventor of the spinning-jenny, died at Hockley, Nottingham, in April. He was originally a weaver, of Stand Hill, near Blackburn, and in 1767 invented the spinning-jenny. In 1768 he went to Nottingham, and in 1770 patented the jenny. He entered into partnership with Mr. Thomas James, and they erected a small mill at Hockley, where he died in moderate circumstances.(7)

21st. December Monday
Mrs. Elizabeth Byrom, relict of Dr. John Byrom, died at Kersal Cell, December 21.(7)

1778
The old chapel, Salford Bridge, built by Thomas del Booth, and afterwards converted into a dungeon, was taken down for the purpose of widening the bridge.(7)

1778. Prestwich-Whitefield
The Rector of Prestwich, writing to his diocesan (Chester) in this year, says : "There is a Dissenting Grammar School at the Stand of Pilkington, endowed by Mr. Siddall, of Whitefield within Pilkington, with two old cottages and about two acres of land, worth about £7 per year. This charity was left only to encourage a grammar school master to make a residence here, and consequently no scholars are taught free."
(9)