John Wilson (1785 - 1854)

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Nicknames: "Christopher North"
Death: Died
Managed by: Alisdair Smyth
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"John Wilson of Ellerey FRSE (18 May 1785 – 3 April 1854) was a Scottish advocate, literary critic and author, the writer most frequently identified with the pseudonym Christopher North of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.

He was professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University (1820-51).

John Wilson was born at Paisley, the son of John Wilson, a wealthy gauze manufacturer who died in 1796, when John was eleven years old, and Margaret Syme (1753-1825). He was the fourth child, but the eldest son, and he had nine brothers and sisters...

...In 1811 he married Jane Penny, daughter of the Liverpool merchant and slave trader James Penny..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'John Wilson (Scottish writer)', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 13 December 2012, 14:05 UTC, <> [accessed 13 February 2013]

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May 19, 1785
Age 25
April 3, 1854
Age 68