Thomas Twining was born in Twickenham on 8 January 1735 and died in Colchester on 6 August 1804. He exhibited an early talent for scholarship and attended school in Twickenham and later went to Colchester. He matriculated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in 1755 (BA, 1760; MA, 1763) and became a Fellow in 1760. He took holy orders in 1763, and in 1764 became vicar of Fordham, Essex. In the same year, he married Elizabeth Smythe, who died in 1796. He additionally held livings at White Notley (from 1768) and St Mary's, Colchester (1788). He retained all three for life, settling in Colchester in 1790.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.