Tobias Crisp was born and died in London. He was the third son of a wealthy London merchant. His family was said to be one of the richest in London. Crisp was educated at Eton and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1624. He took his MA at Balliol College, Oxford in 1626. In the same year he was made rector of Newington Butts but was dismissed the year after on a charge of simony. He then became vicar of Brinkworth, Wiltshire. Crisp supported the Parliamentary cause during the civil war. In 1642, when Royalist forces gathered in Wiltshire, he removed with his family to London.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.