Famous People Who Died In 1788

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1788. This list includes people like Charles Edward Stuart, Charles III of Spain, Thomas Gainsborough, Charles Wesley, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include artists, military leaders, philosophers and lawyers who died in 1788. This list includes people from England, France and many more countries.
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Charles Edward Stuart
(Military Leader)
Charles Edward Stuart
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 31, 1720
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Palazzo Muti, Rome
Died: January 31
Charles Edward Stuart, also known as "The Young Pretender” and “Bonnie Prince Charlie,” was the son of Prince James, and the grandson of James II. He is best remembered for his role in the 1745 Jacobite Uprising, and his subsequent failure, which became the subject of many folk songs.
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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(Musician)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 8, 1714
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
Died: December 14
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Charles Wesley
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Birthdate: December 18, 1707
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Epworth, Lincolnshire, England
Died: March 29

One of the leaders of the Methodist revival movement, Charles Wesley is better known as the author numerous hymns and carols. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling and Christ the Lord Is Risen Today being some of his more popular works.  Averaging ten poetic lines per day for fifty years, he published more than 4,500 hymns, leaving some 3,000 in manuscript.

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Thomas Gainsborough
(Landscape painter)
Thomas Gainsborough
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Birthdate: May 14, 1727
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sudbury, England
Died: August 2
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Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse
(French Naval Officer and Explorer Known for His Scientific Expedition Around the Globe)
Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 23, 1741
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Albi, France
Died: 1788 AD

Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse served the French Navy for over three- decades and participated in several wars including Seven Years' War and American Revolutionary War. He was inducted to lead a scientific expedition across the world which saw him sailing to places like Chile, California, Japan, Russia, and Australia, before his ships wrecked on reefs of Vanikoro island.  

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Percivall Pott
(Surgeon)
Percivall Pott
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 6, 1714
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 22
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Johann Georg Hamann
(Philosopher)
Johann Georg Hamann
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Birthdate: August 27, 1730
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Germany
Died: June 21
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Maurice Quentin de La Tour
(Artist)
Maurice Quentin de La Tour
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Birthdate: September 5, 1704
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin, France
Died: February 17
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Giovanni Antonio Scopoli
(Italian Naturalist and Physician)
Giovanni Antonio Scopoli
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 3, 1723
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cavalese, Italy
Died: May 8

Giovanni Antonio Scopoli was an Italian naturalist and physician. He published a number of taxonomic works, such as Entomologia Carniolica, which described hundreds of new species. Giovanni Antonio Scopoli also served as a professor at the University of Pavia and the Mining Academy in Schemnitz.

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Armand de Vignerot du Plessis
(French Soldier, Statesman, and Diplomat)
Armand de Vignerot du Plessis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 13, 1696
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 8
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John Lindsay
(Royal Navy officer)
John Lindsay
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1737 AD
Birthplace: British
Died: June 4
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Thomas Boulsover
(Inventor)
Thomas Boulsover
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Birthdate: 1705 AD
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
Died: September 9
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Pierre André de Suffren
(French Navy Officer and Admiral )
Pierre André de Suffren
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 17, 1729
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Cannat, France
Died: December 8
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Duchess Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel
Duchess Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel
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Birthdate: December 3, 1764
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brunswick, Germany
Died: September 27
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Thomas Sheridan
(Actor)
Thomas Sheridan
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Birthdate: 1719 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: August 14
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Francesco Zuccarelli
(Artist)
Francesco Zuccarelli
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Birthdate: August 15, 1702
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pitigliano, Italy
Died: December 30
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Gaetano Filangieri
(Italian Jurist and Philosopher)
Gaetano Filangieri
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 22, 1753
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, Naples, Italy
Died: July 21

Gaetano Filangieri was an Italian philosopher and jurist whose works had a strong influence on several prominent personalities including Benjamin Franklin; Franklin was one of his ardent admirers and the two exchanged several letters from 1780 until Gaetano Filangieri's demise in 1788.

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Emmanuel-Armand de Richelieu, duke d'Aiguillon
(French Statesman and Soldier)
Emmanuel-Armand de Richelieu, duke d'Aiguillon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 31, 1720
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 1
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Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon
(French Mathematician, Cosmologist Encyclopédiste and One of the First Naturalists to Recognize Ecological Succession)
Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon
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Birthdate: September 7, 1707
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montbard, France
Died: April 16

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon was a French mathematician, encyclopédiste, cosmologist, and naturalist. He is best known for authoring and publishing Histoire Naturelle, an encyclopaedic collection of 36 volumes, which he worked on for 50 years. His work had a strong influence on two subsequent generations of naturalists, including popular French scientists like Georges Cuvier and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.

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Salomon Gessner
(Swiss Painter and Poet)
Salomon Gessner
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Birthdate: April 1, 1730
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: March 2

Born to a publisher and bookseller, Salomon Gessner initially focused on landscape painting and etching and later devoted himself to poetry and pastoral prose. He co-founded the Helvetic Society and also served as a town councillor. Idyllen and Der Tod Abels remain his most significant written works.

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Charles III of Spain
(Former King of Spain (1759 - 1788))
Charles III of Spain
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Birthdate: January 20, 1716
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: December 14

Charles III succeeded his heir-less half-brother, King Ferdinand VI, to the throne of Spain. Apart from rejuvenating the areas of scientific research and agriculture, Charles also reduced the powers of the Church. He was also known for his signature Bourbon nose, his cynicism, and his sharp tongue.

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Jean Germain Drouais
(Painter)
Jean Germain Drouais
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Birthdate: November 25, 1763
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 15
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Thomas Amory
(Author)
Thomas Amory
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1691 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: November 25
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John Penn
(Politician)
John Penn
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 17, 1741
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Caroline County, Virginia, United States
Died: September 14
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George Anne Bellamy
(Actress)
George Anne Bellamy
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Birthdate: April 23, 1731
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fingal, Ireland
Died: February 16
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François Joseph Paul de Grasse
(Comte de Grasse)
François Joseph Paul de Grasse
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 13, 1722
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Le Bar-sur-Loup, France
Died: January 11
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Tanuma Okitsugu
(Chamberlain)
Tanuma Okitsugu
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 11, 1719
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edo, Japan
Died: July 27
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William Brodie
(Criminal, Politician)
William Brodie
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 28, 1741
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: October 1

William Brodie was a Scottish cabinet-maker, Edinburgh city councilor, and deacon of a trades guild. Brodie was also a housebreaker, a secret which he maintained almost all his life. He used the stolen money to fund his gambling habit and to maintain the household of his two mistresses. He was captured in 1788 and was sentenced to death by hanging.

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Robert Edge Pine
(Painter)
Robert Edge Pine
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Birthdate: 1730 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 18
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Evan Evans
(Poet)
Evan Evans
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Birthdate: May 20, 1731
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cynhawdref, Wales
Died: August 4

Welsh poet Evan Evans was one of the prominent figures of the classical revival in Welsh poetry. After dropping out of Oxford, he became a priest and served in at least 18 parishes. His height also earned him the nickname The Tall Poet. He is also known as Ieuan the Poet.