Thomas Hollis (1720 to 1774) was the founder of Hollis Mead. He was a philosopher, benefactor and libertarian.
Thomas Hollis was born in London, England on April 14, 1720 into a family of prominent wealthy merchants and manufacturers. He was the only child of Thomas Hollis (d.1735). The name of his mother, a daughter of Mr. Scott of Wolverhampton, is not known.
Thomas Hollis embarked on an academic journey as a result of his family fortune which would have been enviable to his peers at the time. He started at the free school in Newport until the at the age of nine or ten he enrolled at St Albans. Several years later he spent fifteen months in Amsterdam studying languages and mathematics in preparation for a career in business.
His father died in 1735 when he was fifteen years old, leaving Thomas sole heir to a very large family fortune and when his grandfather died a further three years later his fortune and estate increased furthermore substantially.