1745 – Born in Edinburgh on August.
1765 – He was sent to London to prosecute his legal studies, and on his return to Edinburgh became partner with Inglis, whom he afterwards succeeded as attorney for the crown.
1771 – His first and most famous work, The Man of Feeling, was published anonymously.
1773 – Mackenzie published a second novel, The Man of the World, the hero of which was as consistently bad as the "Man of Feeling" had been "constantly obedient to his moral sense," as Sir Walter Scott says.
– The first of his dramatic pieces, The Prince of Tunis, was produced in Edinburgh with a certain measure of success.
1784 – He acknowledged his Review of the Principal Proceedings of the Parliament, a defence of the policy of William Pitt, written at the desire of Henry Dundas.
1804 – He was rewarded by the office of comptroller of the taxes for Scotland.
1806 – Mackenzie married Penuel, daughter of Sir Ludovich Grant of Grant.
1807 – The Works of Henry Mackenzie were published surreptitiously, and he then himself superintended the publication of his Works.
1831 – Died on the 14th of January at Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh.