1753 – Born on the 3rd of December at Firwood, in Bolton, Lancashire.
1779 – Succeeded in producing a machine which span yarn suitable for use in the manufacture of muslin and and later as the spinning mule.
1780 – The demand arose for the yarn, which he himself made at Hall-i’-th’-Wood.
1800 – A sum of £500 was raised for his benefit by subscription.
1809 – Edmund Cartwright, the inventor of the power loom obtained £10,000 from parliament, he determined also to apply for a grant.
1811 – Made a tour in the manufacturing districts of Lancashire and Scotland.
1812 – Embarked in business, first as a bleacher and then as a cotton merchant and spinner.
1824 – Some friends, without his knowledge, bought him an annuity of £63.
1827 – He died at Bolton on the 26th of June.