1619 – James Dalrymple was born on May at Drummurchie, Barr, South Ayrshire.
1633 – Graduated at University of Glasgow, on 26th of July.
1634 – He went to Edinburgh, probably with the intention of studying law.
1641 – Recalled to compete for regency, as a professorship was then called in the University of Glasgow.
1648 – Resigned his regency, and removed to Edinburgh, where he was admitted to the bar on 17th of February.
1649 – Appointed as secretary to the commission sent to The Hague to treat with Charles II by the Scots Parliament.
1661 – He was knighted, and included in the new nomination of judges in the Court of Session.
1662 – One of the judges who refused to take the declaration that the National Covenant.
1670 – Served as one of the Scottish commissioners who went to London to treat of the Union.
1671 – Stair was appointed Lord President of the Court of Session.
1673 – Returned to parliament for Wigtownshire.
1679 – He went to London to defend the court against charges of partiality and injustice.
1692 – He lost his wife, the faithful partner of his good and evil fortune.
1695 – He suffered from failing health, died on 29th of November in Edinburgh, and was buried in the church of St Giles.