Thomas Chubb was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire on 29 September 1679 and died there on 8 February 1747. According to a contemporary account, he was the son of an artisan and received ‘no other Education than being instructed to read, and to write an ordinary hand’. He taught himself mathematics and theology while working as an apprentice glovemaker and, later, as a tallow chandler. He acquired his skills as a philosopher by reading, listening to latitudinarian sermons, discussions with like-minded friends and, eventually, by ‘personal Knowledge and Intimacy of many Gentlemen of Letters and Eminence’. He was said to have developed into ‘not only a solid Reasoner on controversial Points of Divinity, but [someone who] well understood the Mathematicks, Geography, and many other Branches of Science in his Mother-Tongue’ (A Short and Faithful Account of the Life and Character of … Thomas Chubb, 1747, pp. 2, 6ff., 9).
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.