John Wilson (historian)
Wilson commenced studying at great length in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin in 1837. Within a year, he was giving a series of lectures which developed an audience. He published a book of his lectures in 1840 with the title Our Israelitish Origin. There he claimed that the peoples of Israel made their way across the continent of Europe to the British Isles. He brought evidence to bear from works by Diodorus and from Ptolemy, supporting the earlier history of the Israelites. He studied the works of Rawlinson, Herodotus and Josephus and quotes extensively from Sharon Turner.
It was in John Wilson's house in St Pancras, London that the Anglo-Israel Association was founded in 1874.
On the death of Wilson's daughter in 1804, his MSS passed into the possession of Rev. A. B. Grimaldi.
- Works by or about John Wilson (historian) in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Our Israelitish Origins by John Wilson
- Boase, F., Modern English biography, 6 vols, 1892-1921
- A. B. G., 'John Wilson MSS', Notes and Queries s11-I: 24 (1910), p. 464