Wilson, James

Education

Student United College 1757-1761 b, s, t, m. (Ternar). Foundation bursar, 1757.

Student St Mary’s College 1761-1762. Table bursar, 1762.

Birth/childhood

Born 14.9.1742 son of William Wilson, tenant farmer, Carskerdo and Alison Landales. [Farmer]

Career

Also at Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities. [Glasgow University, Edinburgh University]

Went to America 1765. Tutor College of Philadelphia from 1766. Admitted to bar 1767. Practised Reading then Carlisle. Speculated in land. Moved to Philadelphia 1778. Signatory to United States Declaration of Independence. Played an important part in establishing federal constitution. [Lawyer]

Publications

Death

Died 21.8.1798.

Sources

  • UYUC400:1.11.1757
  • UYSM400/1/99
  • Dictionary of Australian biography
  • St AUL ms37237/1 copy letter from Robert Annan
  • Geoffrey Seed, James Wilson, New York, 1978