Thomas Halyburton was born on 25 December 1674 in Dupplin, Perthshire. He died at the age of thirty-eight, after an impressive career and exemplary life, on 23 September 1712. His father, George, was a nonconformist minister whose activities and beliefs were censured by the ecclesiastical authorities. After his father's death in 1682, Thomas's mother moved the family to Rotterdam, where he was educated at Erasmus's school. Returning to Scotland, he entered St Andrews University and graduated on 24 July 1696. He spent his career in Scotland in various church posts and was also appointed Professor of Divinity at St Andrews in 1710.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.