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William Hutton (30 September 1723 – 1815) was a poet and the first significant historian of Birminghammarker, Englandmarker.

A Unitarian nonconformist born in Derbymarker, he went to school when five years old. Aged seven years he was employed in a silk mill on a seven year apprenticeship. In 1737 he took a second apprenticeship as a stocking maker in Nottinghammarker under his uncle. In 1746, after his uncle had died, he taught himself bookbinding, and three years later opened a shop in Southwellmarker. This was not successful and he moved to Birmingham in 1750 and opened a small bookshop.

He married Sarah Cock from Aston-on-Trentmarker in 1755 and they had three sons and a daughter, Catherine Hutton (1756-1846), who became a writer.

In 1756 he opened a paper warehouse – the first in Birmingham – which became profitable. He built a country house on Bennetts Hill in Washwood Heathmarker, and bought a house in High Street. He published History of Birmingham in 1782 and was also elected as Fellow of the Antiquarian Society of Scotland . He was elected overseer of the poor, and in 1787, to the Court of Requests, a small claims court for nineteen years, handling over 100,000 claims.

Both his houses were destroyed in the Birmingham Riots in 1791 (the Priestley Riots) leading to his historical account in Narrative of the riots. He managed to recover £5390 in a claim for damages against the town.

In 1801 he is generally held to be the first person in modern times to walk the entire length of Hadrian's Wallmarker, producing an account of his journey in The History of the Roman Wall (Breeze 2006:16).

He completed an autobiography The life of William Hutton just before his death in 1815.

He is commemorated by a blue plaque on Waterstone's bookshop on High Street, near the start of New Street, Birminghammarker.

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