1771 – Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on August 15th.
1786-1792 – Young Walter apprenticed to his father and became a solicitor.
1797 – He married Margaret Charpentier on December 25th, with whom he had five children.
1800 – He was a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
1802 – Walter Scott was fascinated by the culture and traditions of the Scottish Borders, and he published his first literary work, Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders.
1805 – His second work which made his name, The Lay of the Last Minstrel was an immensely successful poem.
1806 – Scott launched a publishing business with his friend James Ballantyne. The business proved unsuccessful, and Scott spent the rest of his life paying of the debts incurred by Ballantyne.
1808 – Scott followed this with further romantic poems, such as Marmion and The Lady in the Lake.
1810-1820 – Walter Scott published a succession of hugely popular historical novels, beginning with Waverly, Guy Mannering, and Ivanhoe.
1826 – The author of the famous books was revealed to be Sir Walter Scott.
1832 – Died from a stroke on September 21st in Abbotsford, Roxburgh, Scotland.