1710 - James Ferguson, born on the 25th of April in Rothiemay in Banffshire of parents in very humble circumstances. He was a Scottish astronomer and instrument maker.
1720 - He was sent to a neighboring farm to keep sheep, where in the daytime he amused himself by making models of mills and other machines, and at night in studying the stars.
1734 - He went to Edinburgh, where he began to take portraits in miniature, by which means, while engaged in his scientific studies, he supported himself and his family for many years.
1743 - He went to London, which was his home for the rest of his life.
1748 - Began to give public lectures on experimental philosophy. These he repeated in most of the principal towns in England.
1763 - He wrote various papers for the Royal Society of London, of which he became a fellow, devised astronomical and mechanical models.
1776 - He died in London on the 17th of November.
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