15 November 1890
RC was born in Bury
, the second eldest in a family of three surviving siblings.
RC's first commercially published story, "Thomas: The Boy Who Would Grow Up", appeared in the Girl's Own Paper
. Thomas was a less colourful precursor to William Brown.
Twelve previously published stories by RC were collected as the first William
. The next month fourteen other stories appeared in More William
11 January 1969
RC died in hospital at Farnborough
after suffering a second heart attack.
The last of RC's William books, William the Lawless
, was published posthumously in the year after her death.