1901 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson

Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892-1921) 3:1415-16.



JOHN WILSON (brother of James Wilson 1795-1856). b. Paisley 19 May 1785; educ. Glasgow univ. 1798-1803, and Magd. coll. Oxf., Newdigate prizeman 1806; B.A. 1807, M.A. 1810; the greatest athlete in the univ.; student at Lincoln's Inn 24 April 1806; advocate Edinburgh 1815; first president of Edinburgh philosophical institution 1848; contributed to Blackwood's magazine under name of Christopher North many years from April 1817; professor of moral philosophy in Edinb. univ. 17 Aug. 1820 to Oct. 1852; granted civil list pension of £300, 10 Oct. 1851; author of The isle of palms, and other poems 1812; The city of the plague, and other poems 1816; Lights and shadows of Scottish life 1822, anon.; The trials of Margaret Lyndsay 1823; The foresters 1825; Noctes Ambrosianae, 71 articles in Blackwood's Mag. March 1822 to Feb. 1835, written by many authors 1822-5 but almost entirely by Wilson 1825-35; Collected edition of Wilson's works, 12 vols. 1855-8; resided 6 Gloucester place 1826 to death. d. 6 Gloucester place, Edinburgh exactly at midnight 2-3 April 1854, portraits by Raeburn and Gordon in National portrait gallery, Edinb. and National portrait gallery, London respectively; statue at Edinb. at western corner of East gardens. Princes st. Edinb. unveiled 25 March 1865. Christopher North: a memoir of John Wilson, by his daughter Mrs. Gordon (1862) portrait; Heartbreak: the trials of literary life, or recollections of Christopher North (1859); Cupples' Professor Wilson, a memorial and estimate by one of his students (1854) portrait; Hole's Quasi Cursones 87-92 (1884) portrait; Grant's Univ. of Edinburgh ii 345-7 (1884) portrait; Saintsbury's Essays in English literature (1891); Men of the time (1853) 423-4; The living poets of England, Paris ii 85-135 (1827); Lockhart's Peter's Letters to his kinfolk iii 256; S. C. Hall's Book of memories (1877) 320-37; Martineau's Biographical sketches, 4 ed. (1876) 337-43; S. T. Hall's Biographical sketches (1873) 22-32; De Quincey's Works xvi 97-114 (1871); Howitt's Homes and haunts ii 440-46 (1847) and 3 ed. (1857) 669-86; Crombie's Modern Athenians (1882) memoir and portrait; Page's Leaders of men (1880) 278-320; Blackwood's Mag. May 1854 pp. 629-32, Dec. 1854 pp. 731-6; I. L. N. [Illustrated London News] v 89 (1844) portrait.