1620 – Born on October 31st in Wotton, Surrey, England. English country gentleman, author of some 30 books on the fine arts, forestry, and religious topics.
1637 – He was admitted to the Middle Temple in February, and in May he became a fellow commoner of Balliol College, Oxford.
1646 – He traveled in France and visited the cities of Italy, returning to Paris, where he became intimate with Sir Richard Browne, the English resident at the court of France.
1647 – He married Browne’s daughter and heiress, Mary, then a child of not more than twelve years of age.
1662 – He was one of the promoters of the scheme for the Royal Society, and in the king’s charter was nominated a member of its directing council.
1664 – Accepted the responsibility for the care of the sick and wounded and the prisoners in the Dutch war.
1706 – Died on February 27th in Wotton, Surrey, England.
– His Diary, kept all his life, is considered an invaluable source of information on the social, cultural, religious, and political life of 17th-century England.