English antiquarian and historian
1551 – Born in London, on the 2nd of May, his father Sampson Camden, a member of The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers.
1566 – He entered Oxford.
At Christ Church, he became acquainted with Philip Sidney, who encouraged Camden’s antiquarian interests.
1571 – He returned to London without a degree.
1575 – Became Usher of Westminster School.
1577 – Camden began his great work Britannia, a topographical and historical survey of all of Great Britain.
1586 – The first edition of Britannia was published.
1593-1597 – Became Headmaster of Westminster School.
1597 – Lord Burghley suggested him to write a history of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
1609 – He moved to Chislehurst.
1610 – Appeared the first English language translation, prepared by Philemon Holland.
1615 – Appeared the first part of the Annales Rerum Gestarum Angliae et Hiberniae Regnate Elizabetha.
1617 – The second part of Annales Rerum Gestarum Angliae et Hiberniae Regnate Elizabetha was completed.
1622 – He founded an endowed lectureship in History at Oxford.
– He was struck with paralysis.
1623 – Died in Chislehurst on 9th of November and was buried at Westminster Abbey.