1760 – Born on the 1st of October in Fonthill, Wiltshire England.
1771 – At the age of eleven young Beckford inherited a princely fortune from his father.
1782 – He travelled in Italy.
1783 – He wrote a book on the subject Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents.
1783 – He married Lady Margaret Gordon and spent his brief married life in Switzerland.
1784 – He became UK Member of Parliament.
1786 – His best-known work, the Gothic novel Vathek.
– He was scandalized with the newspaper publication of letters, which indicated a homosexual.
– Wrote a book on the subject Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents.
1786 – Travelled in Spain and Portugal, and wrote his Portuguese Letters, which rank with his best work.
– His best-known work, the Gothic novel Vathek.
1793 – He visited Portugal, where he lived for a while. Beckford’s fame, however, rests nearly as much upon his eccentric extravagances as a builder and collector as upon his literary efforts.
1806-1820 – He served as UK Member of Parliament.
1844 – Died on the 2nd of May in Landsdowne Hill, England.