Hugh Farmer was born near Shrewsbury on 20 January 1714 and died of gout at Walthamstow, London on 5 February 1787. He was educated at a dissenting academy in Wales, at Charles Owen's academy at Warrington and finally, from about 1730, at Doddridge's academy at Northampton. He was assistant preacher at Market Harborough from 1736 and then Independent minister at Walthamstow, where he became one of the most noted dissenting preachers of the day. He was Sunday afternoon preacher at Salters' Hall from 1761 until 1772, and also Tuesday afternoon preacher from about the same time until 1780, when he resigned his charge. After this he usually spent part of every year at Bath. He was a trustee of Coward's and Dr Williams's Trusts. In 1785 he was successfully operated on for cataracts. In his will he directed that all his unpublished manuscripts be burned.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.