1716 – Born in Kirkdale, Northumberland.
1732 – Starts work as garden boy for Sir William Loraine, the local landowner.
1739 – Moves south to work at Stowe.
1741 – Promoted to head gardener at Stowe, the seat of Lord Cobham. Shortly afterwards is also made clerk of works. Brown starts the naturalisation of Stowe and in 1742 -1743 laid out the south lawn followed by the Grecian Valley and Palladian Bridge.
1749 – Lord Cobham dies and Brown starts taking outside commissions although he didn’t leave Stowe until 1751.
1750 – Employed by the 6th Earl of Coventry to rebuild Croome Court, Worcester and lay out the gardens
By 1751 – Laid out the grounds of Warwick Castle
1751 – Moved to Hammersmith
1753 – Starts work at Petworth
1754 – Starts work at Burghley on both the house and the gardens
1761- 14th October – signs contract with Charles, 7th Earl of Northampton for work at Castle Ashby
1764 – Appointed Surveyor to His Majesty’s Gardens and Waters.
Moved to Hampton Court Started work at Blenheim
1767 – Buys Manor of Fenstanton, Huntingdon from Spencer, 8th Earl of Northampton
1773 – Brown’s daughter Bridget married Henry Holland who increasingly took on the architectural side of Brown’s work. Bridget’s dowry was £5000
1779 – Proposes a design for the Backs at Cambridge
1783 – 6th February, Dies in London. Buried at Fenstanton