1825 – Born on June 7th in Longworth, Berkshire, England. English Victorian novelist whose novel Lorna Doone won a secure place among English historical romances.
1847 – Won a scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, from where he graduated.
– He began a novel called ‘The Maid of Sker’ although it remained unfinished for many years.
1852 – He was called to the bar, having entered the Middle Temple three years previously.
1853 – Richard married Lucy Maguire, a twenty-six year old Roman Catholic.
1854 – He moved to Hamton Wick (Middlesex) in order to take up the post of classics master at the Wellesley House Grammar School in nearby Twickenham.
– Blackmore published his first work of literature, ‘Poems by Melanter,’ followed by a second volume, ‘Epullia,’.
1864 – Blackmore published his first novel, Clara Vaughan, which was immediately recognized for its excellent qualities.
1866-1869 – ‘Cradock Nowell’ followed, but came to public attention with his Lorna Doone, produced in both triple and single volumes.
1887 – He wrote, "Springhaven".
1900 – Died on January 20th in Teddington, Middlesex.
– He finally died there after a long and painful illness, and nearly twelve years of widowhood. He was buried in Teddington Cemetery.