1672 – Born on the 1st of May in Milston, Wiltshire.
1693 – He addressed a poem to John Dryden the former Poet Laureate.
1694 – His first major work, a book about the lives of English poets, was published.
1699 – He received a pension of £300 to enable him to travel widely in Europe the continent.
1702 – He heard of the death of William III, an event which lost him his pension.
1704 – He was commissioned to write and produce a poem "The Campaign".
1705 – He was appointed Under-Secretary of State and accompanied Halifax on a mission to Hanover.
1708 – He became MP for Malmesbury in his home county of Wiltshire.
– He was appointed as Chief Secretary for Ireland and Keeper of the Records of that country.
1712 – He wrote his most famous work of fiction, a play entitled Cato, a Tragedy.
1716 – He married the Dowager Countess of Warwick.
1717 – He served Secretary of State for the Southern Department for one year.
1718 – He was forced to resign as secretary of state because of his poor health.
1719 – He remained an MP until his death at Holland House on the 17th of June, in his 48th year, and was
buried in Westminster Abbey.