Thomas Dixon was born in Ravenstonedale, Westmorland and died in Bolton on 14 August 1729. He trained for the Presbyterian ministry at John Chorlton's academy in Manchester, one of a number of early eighteenth-century institutions that encouraged free discussion. He was awarded an honorary MA by Edinburgh University in 1709. He also studied medicine, graduating MD from King's College, Aberdeen in 1718. Following the closure of Chorlton's academy, he established his own academy at Whitehaven, transferring it to Bolton in 1723. Among his students were George Benson and Caleb Rotheram. The surviving notebooks of another student, Henry Winder, DD – now in Harris Manchester College, Oxford – contain extracts from Chillingworth (on natural reason as the only reliable supplement to the Bible), Locke (on miracles and toleration) and other writers on natural religion.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.