James Wilson (New Zealand politician, born 1849)

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Sir James Wilson
James Glenny Wilson, ca 1910.jpg
James Wilson, ca 1910
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Foxton
In office
1881 – 1890
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by constituency abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Palmerston
In office
1890 – 1893
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by Frederick Pirani
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Otaki
In office
1893 – 1896
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by Henry Augustus Field
Personal details
Born James Glenny Wilson
(1849-11-29)29 November 1849
Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Died 3 May 1929(1929-05-03) (aged 79)
Bulls, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Anne Adams
Relations Ormond Wilson (grandson)
James Wilson (uncle)

Sir James Glenny Wilson (probably on 29 November 1849 – 3 May 1929) was a New Zealand politician and farmer.[1]


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1881–1884 8th Foxton Independent
1884–1887 9th Foxton Independent
1887–1890 10th Foxton Independent
1890–1893 11th Palmerston Independent
1893–1896 12th Otaki Independent

Originally from Hawick, Roxburghshire in Scotland, Wilson was educated at Bruce Castle School, in London, and then at the Edinburgh Institution. He emigrated to Victoria in 1870 and worked on a sheep run. He met his future wife, Annie Adams, at the Melbourne Club.[1] She was born in 1848 at Greenvale, Victoria.[2] He went to New Zealand in January 1873 and purchased a large block of rough land in an area between what is now Bulls and Sanson in the Rangitikei district. Once established, he returned to Australia and married Annie Adams near Skipton, Victoria.[1]

Wilson represented Foxton in the 8th, 9th & 10th Parliaments (1881–1890), then Palmerston North in the 11th Parliament (1890–1893), and then Otaki in the 12th Parliament (1893–1896), after which retired.[3] The 1881 election in the Foxton electorate was contested by six candidates, and he beat Charles Beard Izard, Walter Buller, George Warren Russell, Alfred Newman, and W. France.[4]

Wilson was knighted in 1915,[5] and died at Bulls on 3 May 1929. He was the first president (1902–1920) of the Farmer's Union, now Federated Farmers.[6] Ormond Wilson was his grandson.[7] His Uncle was the MP James Wilson, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, founder of The Economist, and the chartered banks of India, Australia, and China.


  1. ^ a b c Brooking, Tom. "Wilson, James Glenny". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "WILSON, ANNE, LADY (1848–1930)". Project Gutenberg Australia. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 148. 
  4. ^ "Foxton". Thames Star. XII (4043). 13 December 1881. p. 2. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "No. 29094". The London Gazette. 9 March 1915. pp. 2363–2364. 
  6. ^ Wild, Leonard John (1966). "WILSON, Sir James Glenny, Kt.B.". Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Paul, Janet. "Wilson, George Hamish Ormond - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Palmerston
Succeeded by
Frederick Pirani
Member of Parliament for Otaki
Succeeded by
Henry Augustus Field