1797       

28th. February Tuesday
The formation of the Manchester and Salford Volunteers decided at a meeting at the Bull’s Head, February 28.(7)

16th. March Thursday
John Drinkwater, M.D., died 16th March. This physician was the father of General Drinkwater, the author of the History of the Siege of Gibraltar.(7)

March
The 1st and 2nd battalions of Manchester and Salford Volunteer Infantry drawn out for the first time. March.(7)

23rd. April Sunday
In Trinity Church, Salford, there is a white marble monument, with the following inscription
“Sacred to the memory of Thomas Drinkwater, Major of His Majesty’s 62nd Regiment of Foot, who perished at sea, on his return from the West Indies, the 23rd of April, 1797, aged 32 years.

“Thrice had his foot Domingo’s island prest,
‘Midst horrid wars and fierce barbarian wiles;
Thrice bad his blood repell’d the yellow pest
That stalks; gigantic, through the Western Isles
Returning to his native shores again,
In hopes t’embrace a father—brother—friends,
Alas ! the faithless ratlin snaps in twain,
He falls, and to a watery grave descends.”

Major Drinkwater was the second son of John Drinkwater, M.D., and Eliz. Andrews, his wife, who are buried in the centre aisle of this chapel; and this monument was erected by his only surviving brother, Lieutenant-Colonel Drinkwater, as an affectionate tribute to his memory.”(7)

3rd. June Saturday
The Manchester and Salford Volunteers completely equipped and incorporated, June 3.(7)

3rd. July Monday
Mr. John Tipping, son of Joseph Tipping, died at Claxby, Lincolnshire, July 3.(7)

5th. July Wednesday
Mr. Jeremiah Bardsley died, aged 90 years, July 5. He is described as the oldest Methodist in the town.(7)

5th. July Wednesday
The volunteers, in St. Ann’s Square fired a salute on the anniversary of the King’s birthday. July 5.(7)

16th. September Saturday
Margaret Redmay, wife of Thomas Redmay, sexton of St. Mary’s Church, was killed by falling from the belfry of the steeple of that church, September 16. She was 65 years of age, and was assistant sexton over forty years.(7)

November
There were riots owing to the high price of corn and flour in November.(7)

1797
Mr. Orion Adams died in great poverty near Chester. He was the son of Roger Adams, and was born in 1717, and in 1752 started the Manchester Weekly Journal, but was not a successful man of business. Little is known of his adventurous career. He is said to have “walked from London to Chester in his 70th year, with a heart as light as his pocket.” At the finish his employ­ment was that of distributing playbills for a company of strollers.(7)

1797
Mr. River Jordan, when a boy attending the school kept by Henry Clarke in Salford, used to ride on a pony past the top of Cross Lane, where Grindrod’s body still hung on the gibbet. (Palatine Note-book, iv., p. 140.)(7)

1797
The instructions to the constables as to the licensing of alehouse-keepers set forth that the licences are forfeited if the holders allow mountebanks or quack doctors to perform on their premises, if there is bull-baiting or horse-racing, if there is tippling on the Lord’s day, if there is drinking after nine at night, or if there is any “club or society” for money, clocks, watches, or furniture. (Axon’s Lancashire Gleanings, p. 72.)(7)

1797
Mrs. Dorothy Byrom, daughter of Mr. John Byrom, died. (7)

1797
The Amphitheatre, in Chatham Street, was opened by Mr. Handy, whose numerous company of equestrians (except himself and two or three who went by Holyhead) were lost on their passage from Liverpool to Dublin.(7)

1797
A House of Recovery for sick and fever patients was opened in Aytoun Street.(7)

1797
Admiral Lord Duncan’s victory over the Dutch was celebrated with great rejoicings.(7)

1797
Mr. Thomas Battye published The Bed Basil Book; or, Parish Register of Arrears for the Maintenance of the Offspring of Illicit Amours, in which there are some curious revelations of the management of local affairs.(7)

1797
37 George III. cap. 71. Act for enlarging the permanent powers of Act passed in the twenty-fourth year of His late Majesty King George II. for repairing the road from Crossford Bridge to the town of Manchester, and for mending the road from Crossford Bridge aforesaid to a certain place in Altrincham, in the county of Chester. (7)