John Disney was born in Lincoln and died in Nottingham. He trained as a lawyer and served with some distinction as a magistrate before taking orders later in life and settling as a clergyman at St Mary's, Nottingham. He was a supporter of a number of societies dedicated to reforming public manners, and he wrote a number of works on public morals. He was the grandfather of John Disney the Unitarian.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.