1728 – He was born on the 3rd of July in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.
1743 – He studied at the Royal High School, Edinburgh, then entered the University
1746 – He joined his elder brother, John Adam, as an assistant to his father,
1754 – He set off for Europe on the Grand Tour of France and Italy, studying classical
architecture and honing his drawing skills
1758 – He returned to Great Britain and set up in business in London with his brothers
James and William.
– He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Arts.
1760 – He became a leader of the neo-classical revival in England and Scotland until his death.
1761 – He was elected to the Society of Antiquaries.
1764 – He studied intensively the ruins of Diocletian’s palace at Split in Dalmatia.
1792 – He died on the 3rd of March at his home, 11 Albermarle Street, London, after a blood
vessel in his stomach burst at the age of 64 and he was buried in Westminster Abbey.