1700 – Born at Ednam in Roxburghshire on the 11th of September.
1725 – He went to London, living first in East Barnet.
1730 – His collected poetry was published as The Seasons, addressed to George Lyttelton, and he became tutor to the son of Sir Charles Talbot, then Solicitor General.
– He also wrote several plays, including The Tragedy of Sophonisba and collaborated with Mallet on the masque Alfred which was first performed at Cliveden, the country home of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
1734 – His next major work, Liberty was dedicated to the Tory-leaning Prince of Wales.
1748 – Died on the 27th of August.