1699 – Born in Aberdeen in Scotland on the 8th of June.
1722 – He had an engagement as private tutor to the son of a country squire living at Eton Hall, Southgate, and also held a similar post at Ware.
1729 – He was employed by the 10th Earl of Derby as a reader and secretary but was discharged on 7 July for his ignorance of French pronunciation.
1735 – In April, he obtained the title of bookseller to the Queen by recommendation of the Lord Mayor and most of the Whig aldermen.
1737 – He finished his Concordance to the Bible, which, he says, was the work of several years.
– Cruden presented the first edition of his Concordance on the 3rd of November to Queen Caroline.
1740 – In December, he writes to Sir Hans Sloane saying he has been employed since July as Latin usher in a boarding-school at Enfield.
1750 – He superintended the printing of one of Matthew Henry’s Commentaries, and printed a small Compendium of the Holy Bible, and also reprinted a larger edition of the Concordance.
1754 – He was nominated as Parliamentary candidate for the City of London, but did not go to the poll.
1755 – In April, he printed a letter to The Speaker and other Members of the House of Commons, and about the same time an Address to the King and Parliament.
– He paid unwelcome addresses to the daughter of Sir Thomas Abney.
1762 – He saved an ignorant seaman, Richard Potter, from the gallows.
1761 – The second edition of the Bible Concordance was published and presented to the King in person on 21st of December.
1769 – He lectured in Aberdeen as Corrector, and distributed copies of the fourth commandment and various religious tracts.
– He returned to London from Aberdeen, and died suddenly while praying in his lodgings in Camden Passage, Islington, on the 1st of November.