1839 – born in Edinburgh on the 17th of March.
1858-1859 – His first exhibits at the Royal Scottish Academy were A Scene from the Fortunes of Nigel one of the many subjects for which he sought inspiration in the novels of Sir Walter Scott and two portraits, followed by The Prison.
1860 – He sent The Armourers; and the success of this work and What d’ye Lack, Madam?
1862 – He joined Orchardson.
1866 – He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy.
1874 – He received full academical honors in succession to Sir Edwin Landseer.
1745 – His diploma picture was Jacobites.
1861 – His connection with Good Words began.
1893 – Died on the 21st of February in Hastings.