DECEMBER 10, 1824 Born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire,

1826 Family moves to the Farm, Huntly

1832 Death of MacDonald's mother, Helen MacKay MacDonald

1840 Enters King's College, Aberdeen

1848 Attends Highbury Theological College, London; proposes to Louisa Powell

1850 Accepts pastorate at Trinity Congregational Church in Arundel, Sussex

1851 Marries Louisa Powell; ordained to Congregational ministry

1852 Birth of first child, Lilia Scott; congregation reduces his salary

1853 Resigns pastorate at Arundel; the family moves to Manchester

1855 Publishes Within and Without: A Dramatic Poem

1856 Lady Byron becomes MacDonald's patron; the family vacations in Algiers

1857 Moves to Huntly Cottage, Hastings

1858 Publishes Phantastes; death of father

1859 Accepts professorship of English literature at Bedford College, London

1863 Publishes David Elginbrod

1865 Begins lecturing at King's College, London

1866 Becomes a member of the Church of England at the Chapel of St. Peter's, Vere Street, where F. D. Maurice is rector

1867 George MacKay, last of II children, is born; the family moves to the Retreat, Upper Mall, Hammersmith; publishes first of three volumes of Unspoken Sermons

1868 Becomes involved with the housing projects sponsored by John Ruskin and Octavia Hill; publishes Robert Falconer

1869 Becomes editor of Good Words for the Young

1871 Publishes At the Back of the North Wind

1872 George, Louisa, and their son Greville MacDonald go on a lecture tour of America; publishes The Princess and the Goblin

1875 Family leaves the Retreat

1877 Louisa organizes the first family performance of The Pilgrim's Progress, with Princess Louise in attendance; Queen Victoria awards MacDonald a Civil Lists Pension

1878 Death of daughter Mary

1879 Publishes ...

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