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Authorised form of nameWilson; William Rae (1772 - 1849)
SurnameWilson
ForenamesWilliam Rae
Dates1772 - 1849
Dates and placesBirth:
Paisley, Scotland (07 June 1772)
Death:
South Crescent, Bedford Square, London (02 June 1849)
Burial:
Glasgow necropolis
ActivityProfession:
Solicitor
Education:
Studied law under his uncle, John Wilson, town clerk of Glasgow; LLD (1844, Glasgow)
Career:
Practised as a solicitor; inherited his uncle's fortune on Wilson's death (1806) and added the name Wilson to his own by letters patent; travelled in Egypt, Palestine and Europe and wrote about his travels; gave University of Glasgow £300 to fund annual prize for an essay on Christ; buried under an oriental-style monument
Memberships:
FSA
Royal Society activityMembership:
Candidate
RelationshipsMarried: 1) (1811) Frances Phillips, daughter of a Glasgow merchant (she died 18 months later); 2) Miss Cates (survived him)
SourcesSources:
DNB
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/50006782
Royal Society codeNA6224
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1831
EC/1826/07Wilson, William Rae: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/1/128Letter from William Rae Wilson, 35 Great Malborough Street, to the Royal Society4 May 1825
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