William Wilson - Writer to the Signet

Personal data
Born 1710 ca.
Died June 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.