Henry Miles was born at Stroud in Gloucestershire on 2 June 1698. He died on 10 February 1763. He was educated, probably in London, for the dissenting ministry. In 1726 he succeeded one Francis Freeman as pastor of the Independent congregation at Lower Tooting, Surrey. He was ordained as a Presbyterian in 1731, received an honorary DD from the University of Aberdeen in 1744, and spent most of his active life teaching and preaching to the dissenting community in the London area. As a friend of Nathaniel Lardner and a correspondent of Philip Doddridge (founder of the celebrated dissenting academy at Northampton), Miles occupied a prominent place in the ranks of English ‘intellectual dissent’ in the generation between Watts and Priestley.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.