William Wilson - Writer to the Signet

William Wilson

Born ca. 1710
Died Jun 18, 1787



Writer to the Signet in Edinburgh. Probably William Wilson of Howden, son of John Wilson, Bachelor of Humanity. Married firstly to Mary Campbell (b. 1732). Married secondly to Margaret Young, daughter of Thomas Young, merchant.1

  • 1. Only source for the personal data on William Wilson, except that he was a Writer to the Signet, is A History of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet, printed 1890 by T & A Constable.

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell first mentions Wilson when he met with him and "Bryce, a client" at Clerihue's tavern on February 5, 1767.