John Wilson of Ellerey

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John Wilson

Also Known As: "Christopher North"
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wilson and Margaret Sym
Husband of Jane Penny of Ambleside
Father of Mary Wilson; Emily Wilson and Margaret Wilson
Brother of James Wilson of Woodville; Robert Sym Wilson, WS; Eliza Wilson and Margaret Wilson

Managed by: Alisdair James Smyth
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About John Wilson of Ellerey

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"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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