1859 – Born on the 18th of December in Preston, Lancashire, England.
1888 – He wrote his first poems after finding light work with a shoemaker, and the publication of two of his poems in Wilfrid Meynell’s periodical, Merry England, aroused the admiration of Robert Browning.
1893 – Meynell and his wife, Alice, befriended Thompson, induced him to enter a hospital, nursed him through convalescence, and arranged publication of a collection, Poems, which was highly praised.
1897 – Thompson lived near a Franciscan priory in north Wales.
1895 – He wrote Sister Songs.
1897 – He wrote New Poems.
– He also wrote a number of prose works, mostly published posthumously, including the essay Shelley.
1907 – Died on the 13th of November in London.