Isaac Newton was born in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, a premature infant not expected to live. His father (of the same name) had died just 3 months before. His mother, Hannah Ayscough Newton, remarried when he was three, and left him with his grandmother until her second husband died, in 1653, when Newton was 11. He was educated at King's School, Grantham, and it was assumed he would continue in the farming tradition of his family, but finally his mother was convinced that he should be prepared for entry to university, and in 1661 he went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, as a poor scholar who would have to earn his keep by doing menial tasks for the Fellows.
On his return to Cambridge (1667), Newton became a Fellow of Trinity College, and, in 1668, took his MA. In the following year, Isaac Barrow resigned his chair in favour of his young pupil. Newton's lecture series resulted in an essay which later formed Book 1 of Opticks .
After his stepfather’s death, the second father who died, when Isaac was 11, Newtons mother brought him back home to Woolsthorpe in Lincolnshire where he was educated at Kings School, Grantham....
Sir Isaac Newton, tho' a great Mathematician, was a man ofvery little Religion, in so much that he is ranked with the Heterodoxmen of the age. Nay they stick not to make him, with respect tobelief, of no better principles than Mr. Woolaston [correctedlater to Wolston], who hath written so many vile books and makeso much noise.