1632 Locke is born in Wrington, Somerset.
1647 Locke is admitted to Westminster School.
1649 Charles I is executed in London.
1652 Locke enters Christ Church, Oxford.
1656 Locke graduates as a Bachelor of Arts of the University of Oxford.
1658 Locke graduates as a Master of Arts of the University of Oxford.
1660 The House of Stuart is restored to the throne with Charles II, and Locke is elected Lecturer in Greek at Christ Church.
1662 Locke is elected Lecturer in Rhetoric at Christ Church.
1663 Locke is elected Censor of Moral Philosophy at Christ Church.
1665 Plague breaks out in London; Locke is appointed secretary to the diplomatic mission of Sir Walter Vane to Brandenburg.
1666 The Great Fire of London occurs; Locke meets Anthony Ashley Cooper, Chancellor of the Exchequer and later first Earl of Shaftesbury.
1667 Locke takes up residence in Shaftesbury’s household at Exeter House in London; Locke begins to collaborate with the eminent physician, Thomas Sydenham.
1668 Locke oversees an important liver operation on Shaftesbury; Locke is elected a Fellow of the Royal Society; Locke becomes Secretary to the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.
1671 Locke begins work on early drafts of the Essay Concerning Human Understanding.
1673 Locke is appointed Secretary to the Council of Trade; Shaftesbury is dismissed as Lord Chancellor by Charles II.
1675 Locke is awarded the degree of Bachelor of Medicine by the University of Oxford.
1675–9 Locke travels in France.
1679 Shaftesbury briefly returns to public office as Lord President of the Council.
1680 Sir Robert Filmer’s Patriarcha is published posthumously; the Exclusion Bill is rejected by the House of Lords.
1681 Shaftesbury is arrested for high treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London, but is later released.
1682 Shaftesbury flees to exile in the Netherlands.
1683 Shaftesbury dies in the Netherlands; the Rye House plot is discovered; Locke escapes to the Netherlands.
1684 Locke is expelled from his Studentship at Christ Church.
1685 Charles II dies and is followed on the throne by his brother, James II.
1688 James II is removed from the throne and replaced by William of Orange and his wife Mary in the Revolutionary Settlement.
1689 Locke returns to England from the Netherlands; An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, A Letter on Toleration and Two Treatises of Government are published.
1691 Locke moves to Oates in Essex, the house of Sir Francis and Lady Masham.
1693 Some Thoughts Concerning Education is published.
1695 The Reasonableness of Christianity is published.
1696 Locke is appointed a Commissioner of the Board of Trade.
1697 A Letter to the Bishop of Worcester (Edward Stillingfleet) is published.
1700 Locke resigns as a Commissioner of the Board of Trade; the fourth edition of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding appears.
1704 Locke dies at Oates and is buried in the churchyard of High Laver, Essex.