1916 – James was born on October 3rd in Sunderland, England.
1928 – Entered Hillhead Highschool.
1939 – Graduated from Glasglow Veterinary College.
1940 – He moved to Thirsk, North Yorkshire to work for Donald Sinclair ("Siegfried Farnon") at his practice at 23 Kirkgate.
1941 – Married to Joan Danbury on November 5th.
– Was a member of the RAF (Royal Air Force).
1970-1977 – He was the author of the books, If Only They Could Talk, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet, All Creatures Great and Small, Let Sleeping Vets Lie, Vet in Harness, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Vets Might Fly, Vet in a Spin and All Things Wise and Wonderful.
1979 – He was proclaimed as Officer of the British Empire.
– He received a honorary Litt.D. (Doctorate of Letters) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
– Wrote the book, James Herriot’s Yorkshire.
1981 – He wrote The Lord God Made Them All.
1982 – Was awarded Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. A ‘Fellow’ is the senior category of membership of the RCVS for members who have demonstrated significant original contribution to their subject.
1983 – Received a honorary D.V.Sc. (Doctorate of Veterinary Science) from Liverpool University.
1995 – Died on February 23rd of prostate cancer at his house, "Mirebeck", in the village of Thirlby near the town of Thirsk that became famous in his books as "Darrowby".