1547 – Nicholas Hilliard was born in Exeter England.
1577 – He visited France and is the artist alluded to in the papers of the duc d’Alençon under the name of "Nicholas Belliart, peintre anglois," who was painter to this prince, receiving a stipend of 200 livres.
1586 – He was appointed goldsmith, carver and portrait painter to Elizabeth I and engraved the Great Seal of England.
1617 – He was in high favour with James I as well as with Elizabeth, receiving from the king a special patent of appointment, dated on the 5th of May, granting him a sole licence for royal work for twelve years.
1619 – He died on the 3rd of January and was buried on the 7th of January in the church of St Martins in the Fields.