* 1759: Robert Burns born.
* 1760: Brother Gilbert Burns born.
* 1762: Sister Agnes Burns born.
* 1764: Brother John Burns born.
* 1765: Robert's father William Burns rents Mount Oliphant farm near Ayr as a source of generating income to feed the growing family. At 6 years of age Robert was working as a farm labourer.
* 1777: Robert now 18 the family moves to another farm at Lochlea near Tarbolton.
* 1780: Robert along with David Sillar and John Rankine form the Tarbolton Bachelor's Club.
* 1781: Became a Freemason. Gatherings at James Manson's Inn in Tarbolton. Started working as a Flax dresser in Irvine .
* 1784: 13th Feb, Robert's father dies. Rents farm at Mossgiel with his brother Gilbert.
* 1785: Robert fathers a daughter to Elizabeth Paton, a farm girl. Also fathers a child to Jean Armour the daughter of a Master Mason who forbids him to see Jean. Dates Mary campbell of Dunoon.
* 1786: Death of Mary Campbell. " Kilmarnock Edition" Robert's first book is published and becomes an immediate hit. Many refer to Robert as "The Ploughman Poet".
* 1787: A second print run of the Kilmarnock poems was published selling 3,000 copies.
Publication of a collection of traditional Scottish folk songs "The Scots Musical Museum". Robert engages in a 3 year romance primarily via letters with Agnes M'Lehose a surgeon's
* 1788: Robert fathers yet another child, this time by Jenny Clow. He rents a room with Jean Armour in Mauchline, now known as Burn's House Museum. Leased Ellisland Farm nr Dumfries. Marries Jean Armour in Gavin Hamilton's House, Mauchline.
* 1789: Becomes Excise Officer for Dumfries.
* 1790: Writes "Tam O' Shanter" whilst at Ellisland Farm.
* 1791: Fathers yet another child, to a girl named Ann Park. Fathers a Son William Nichol to Jean Armour. Robert and his wife leave Ellisland Farm rent a house in Bank Street, Dumfries. Later same year rent larger house in Mill Hole Brae.
* 1794: Fathers a Son named James Glencairn to Jean Armour.
* 1796: Fathers another son named Maxwell to Jean Armour. 21 July Robert Burns dies in Dumfries aged 37. Buried in St Michael's Churchyard Dumfries.
* 1815: 19 years after Robert Burns death his grave is moved to a domed Mausoleum within the same graveyard in Dumfries.