Hutcheson was born around 1660 in Stranocum, County Antrim, and died, probably in London, on 12 August 1740. Details of his early education are not known, but he studied law at the Middle Temple from 1680 and was called to the bar in 1683. In 1688 he took up the post of attorney-general for the Leeward Islands and spent the next fifteen years in the West Indies. Although a Presbyterian, he was broad-minded in matters of religion and numbered several leading Catholic noblemen among his patrons, and he was frequently suspected of Jacobite tendencies. In the Indies, he allowed freedom of worship to Catholics, and in 1691 he was charged with subversion and failing to swear allegiance to William III.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.