1709 – Born in Kingston on the 24th of September.
1721 – John Cleland entered Westminster School.
1723 – He left or was expelled.
1728-1740 – He began as a soldier and worked his way up into the civil service of the company and lived in Bombay.
1748 – Cleland was arrested for an £840 debt (equivalent to a purchasing power of about £100,000 and put in Fleet Prison, where he remained for over a year.
1749 – Cleland was arrested, along with the publishers and printer of Fanny Hill.
1750 – In March, Cleland produced a highly bowdlerized version of the book, but it, too, was prosecuted.
1751 – He attempted two more novels, Memoirs of a Coxcomb, which contains a parody of Mary Wortley Montagu as "Lady Bell Travers" that was much discussed.
1753 – His only popular work after Fanny Hill was an adaptation of a French original for Dictionary of Love.
1755 – He attempted a tragedy, Titus Vespasian.
– The Ladies Subscription.
1758 – Tombo-Chiqui, or, The American Savage.
1763 – He publicly denounced his mother before her death in for not supporting him.
1764 – The Surprises of Love.
1768 – The Woman of Honour.
1749-1787 – Contributed thirty reviews for the Monthy Review and over two hundred letters for the Public Advertiser.
– He told Boswell that he had written Fanny Hill while in Bombay.
1789 – Died on the 23rd of January and was buried in St. Margaret’s churchyard in London.