1795 Thomas Carlyle was born in Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway, as the son of a stonemason and small farmer.
1813 From 1813 to 1818 he studied for the ministry of the Church of Scotland, but abandoned this course and studied law for a while.
1818 Carlyle gave up schoolmastering and went to Edinburgh, where he took mathematical pupils and made some show of reading law.
05/28/1828 Carlyles moved to Craigenputtock, an isolated farm belonging to the Welsh family, which was their permanent home until 1834.
1833 At Craigenputtock was written the first of Carlyle`s great commentaries on life in general, Sartor Resartus, which appeared in Fraser`s Magazine between November 1833 and August 1834.
1834 After visits to Edinburgh and London, and an unsuccessful application for a professorship of astronomy at Edinburgh in, Carlyle decided to set up house in London, settling at 5, Cheyne Row, Chelsea
1835 His struggle to live was made more severe by his refusal to engage in journalism: even an offer of work on The Times was rejected; and instead a grandiose history of the French Revolution was begun. In the spring of 1835 occurred one of the great heroisms of literature. The manuscript of the first volume of the new work had been lent to the philosopher, J. S. Mill, who in his turn had lent it to a Mrs. Taylor. An illiterate housekeeper took it for waste paper, and it was burnt. Mill was inconsolable; Carlyle behaved with the utmost stoicism and nobility, and was only with difficulty induced to accept £ 100 as a slight pecuniary compensation.
1837 The French Revolution was re-written, and published
1838 Sartor Resartus is issued in book-form