Thomas Tryon was born in Bibury, near Cirencester and died in Hackney, London. He was the son of a tiler, and received his little formal education at the village school. His father set him to work carding and spinning, but Tryon preferred the life of a shepherd, which occupied him during his teenage years. He then felt ‘an earnest desire to travel’, and walked to London, where he apprenticed himself to a hatter in Fleet Street. He gradually worked his way up in this profession, paying a business visit to Barbados, where he took a sympathetic interest in the plight of the slaves.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.