Thomas Blackwell was born in Aberdeen on 4 August 1701 and died in Edinburgh on 8 March 1757. His father, also Thomas, had been Professor of Divinity and, from 1717, Principal, of Marischal College, Aberdeen. The younger Thomas was educated at the local grammar school and at Marischal, where he took his MA in 1718. At the end of 1723, he was appointed to the chair of Greek at the College, in which position he continued until his death, eventually holding it alongside the Principalship, to which he was appointed by George II in 1748. In 1752 he became Doctor of Laws.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.