Booth was born on 9 February 1766 in Kennetles, Forfarshire, in Scotland. He died on 5 December 1846 in Fifeshire. His formal education consisted of less than one year at a parish school. For a time he ran a brewery in Fifeshire, but his intellectual interests pulled him towards another career, that of schoolmaster and author. He published his Introduction to an Analytical Dictionary of the English Language in 1806 and his Tables of Simple Interest on a new Plan of Arrangement in 1818. Around 1820 Booth, like many talented Scotsmen of his Day, moved to London. There he became acquainted with men of letters like William godwin, continued his own writing, and helped supervise publications of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. He wrote, for the SDUK, The Art of Brewing (1829), and was the inventor of the brewer's saccharometer.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.