1732 – Born on the 23rd of December in Preston, Lancashire, NW England, UK.
1755 – Married his first wife, Patience Holt.
1768 – He set up his celebrated spinning-frame in Preston; the first machine that could produce cotton thread of sufficient strength to be used as warp.
1769 – He had patented the Water Frame.
1779 – Popular opinion went against him on the grounds that his inventions reduced the need for labour, and in his large mill near Chorley was destroyed by a mob.
1775 – He took out another patent, this time for the complete process of cotton-thread production.
1771 – He converted to water power and built a new mill in the Derbyshire village of Cromford.
1788 – He purchased an estate from Florence Nightingale’s father, William, for £20,000 and set about building Willersley Castle for himself and his family.
1786 – He was knighted.
1785 – A series of court cases followed as he attempted to prosecute rivals who had infringed his patents, culminating in an action brought by The Crown.
1792 – He died aged 59 on the 3rd of August.