1798       

14th. February Wednesday
Colonel Ackers’ Regiment of Manchester and Salford Volunteers were drawn out at Piccadilly, and presented with their colours by Mrs. Hartley, February 14.(7)

12th. March Monday
Rev. Maurice Griffiths, D.D., died 25th February, aged 77. He was rural dean, rector of St Mary's, and fellow of the Collegiate Church. Rev John Gatliffe was appointed to the vacant fellowship March 12.(7)

1st. April Sunday
St George’s Church, St George’s Road, was opened for divine service April 1. It was subsequently occupied by ministers of Lady Huntingdon’s connection. It was not consecrated until January 17, 1818. The site was taken by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company and the church was rebuilt in Oldham Road.(7)

26th. May Saturday
38 George III. cap. 32. Act to enable the Company of Proprietors of the Canal Navigation from Manchester to or near Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham, to finish and complete the same, and the several cuts and other works authorised to be made and done by them by the several Acts passed for that purpose, and for amending the said Acts and granting to the said company further and other powers. May 26. (7)

25th. October Thursday
Colonel Ford’s Manchester and Salford Light Horse Volunteers assembled opposite the house of Thomas Johnson, in High Street, to receive their colours, which were the gift of Mr. Johnson, and presented by Mrs. Ford. October 25. (7)

16th. December Sunday
There were riots owing to a failure in the crops of corn. December 16. The authorities offered premiums to such persons as brought each day the largest quantity of wheaten flour or oatmeal to the Manchester market. (7)

1798
Sir John Parker Mosley, baronet, lord of the manor, died, aged 67. He was the youngest son of Nicholas, the third son of Nicholas Mosley, of Ancoats. When a young man he was a hatter, and was assisted by his relatives out of financial difficulties arising from a passion for cock-fighting. He was after­wards equally remarkable for his steady and upright conduct. In later life he was esteemed “a Methodist.” In 1781 he received a baronetcy—the third granted to the family. He was high sheriff in 1786, and soon after ceased to reside at Ancoats Hall. (Mosley’s Family Memoirs. Axon’s Lancashire Gleanings.) He was succeeded by his grandson, Sir Oswald Mosley. (See under date 1871.)(7)

1798
Lord Nelson’s victory at the Battle of the Nile was celebrated by a procession of the authorities and military, and by public dinners and illuminations.(7)

1798
Seven persons were standing in a wooden shed which projected over the river near the New Bailey, and were looking at a coach and horses which had been lost at Stannyhurst Old Bridge the previous night, and on their passage down the flood had stuck fast between an arch of New Bailey Bridge, when the floor gave way, and those who were upon it were precipitated into the river. A boy and girl were saved, but a man and five women were drowned.(7)

1798
A list of the members of the Royal Manchester and Salford Light Horse Volunteers is printed, in Earwaker’s Local Gleanings, No. 63.(7)