1854 – Born on the 1st of January in Glasgow, Scotland.
1890 – The first edition, in two volumes.
1907-1908 – He was four times elected to Trinity’s Title Alpha Fellowship, and was associated with the college for most of his life, except for a year, spent at the University of Liverpool.
1914 – He was knighted.
– His theories of totemism were superseded by Claude Lévi-Strauss and his vision of the annual sacrifice of the Year King has not been borne out by field studies.
1915 – The third edition was finished and ran to twelve volumes.
1922 – He also published a single volume abridgement, largely compiled by his wife Lady Frazer, with some controversial material removed from the text.
1930 – He was, if not blind, then severely visually impaired.
1936 – A supplemental thirteenth volume added.
1941 – Died on the 7th of May.