Hill was born on 1 October 1839 at Gressonhall Hall in Norfolk. He died in Boston, Lincolnshire on 2 August 1906. He was the second son of John David Hay Hill and his wife Margaret Collett of Hemel Hempstead. Hill was educated at Brighton College (1850–4), Cheltenham College (1854–7), Caius College and then Trinity Hall, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he formed the ‘Chit Chat’ debating club and became treasurer of the Union. He was awarded his LLB in 1862. He entered the Inner Temple on 3 October 1860 and was called to the bar on 26 January 1864. He joined the south-eastern circuit, but soon turned his attention to social issues and left the legal profession.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.