1862 M. R. James born on i August at Goodnestone next Wingham, Kent, third son and fourth child of the Revd Herbert James and Mary Emily (nee Horton).
1865 James family moves to Livermere, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
1873–6 MRJ at Temple Grove preparatory school, East Sheen (setting of 'A School Story'). Meets A. C. Benson.
1876–82 MRJ at Eton (King's Scholar). Newcastle Scholar 1882.
1882–5 Undergraduate scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Takes Firsts in both Parts of the Classical Tripos.
1886 Appointed Assistant Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum.
1887 Awarded Fellowship at King's for dissertation on the Apocalypse of Peter.
1887–8 Excavating in Cyprus and considering classical archaeo logy as a career. 'Excavations in Cyprus, 1887–8' (with D. G. Hogarth et al.) published in the Journal of Hellenic Studies for 1888.
1889 Becomes Dean of King's.
1892 In the spring, holidays in France with J. A. Robinson and Arthur Shipley and visits S. Bertrand de Comminges. July: visits Ireland and sees the preserved corpses in St Michan's, Dublin, mentioned in 'Lost Hearts'.
1893 Autumn: James McBryde comes up to King's from Shrewsbury. MRJ appointed Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum. 28 October: 'Canon Alberic' and 'Lost Hearts' read to the Chitchat Society.
1895 Awarded D.Litt. degree. The first of MRJ's descriptive catalogues of MSS published. March: 'Canon Alberic's Scrap-book' published in the National Review; December: 'Lost Hearts' published in the Pall Mall Magazine.
1898 September: Mary Emily James dies at Livermere.
1899 Holiday in Denmark with James McBryde and Will Stone.
1900 Becomes Tutor of King's. Second Danish holiday with McBryde and Stone.