John Marius Wilson

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John Marius Wilson
Bornc. 1805
Lochmaben, Scotland
Died1885 (aged 80)
Edinburgh, Scotland
OccupationWriter and editor

John Marius Wilson (c. 1805–1885) was a British writer and an editor, most notable for his gazetteers. The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (published 1870–72), was a substantial topographical dictionary in six volumes. It was a companion to his Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland, published 1854–57.

He was born in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire in about 1805,[1] and was ordained as a Congregationalist minister, working for a time in County Galway in Ireland.[2] From the late 1840s onwards he devoted himself to writing and editing, living in Edinburgh, where he died in 1885, aged 80.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Farmer's Dictionary or a cyclopedia of agriculture in all its departments, principles, methods, recent improvements and business affairs as taught and practice by the most distinguished British agriculturists of the present day. (n.d.)
  • The Rural Cyclopedia: or a general dictionary of agriculture, and of the arts, sciences, instruments, and practice, necessary to the farmer, stockfarmer, gardener, forester, landsteward, farrier, &c. (1847–49)
  • The Potato, its diseases, uses, etc. (1850)
  • A Memoir of Field-marshal, the Duke of Wellington; with interspersed notices of his principal associates in council, and companions and opponents in arms (1853–54)
  • The Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland : or, Dictionary of Scottish topography 2 vols. (1854–57)
  • Landscapes of Interesting Localities mentioned in the Holy Scriptures ... (1855)
  • The Divine Architect, or The wonders of creation (1857)
  • The land of Scott; or, Tourists' guide to Abbotsford, the country of the Tweed and its tributaries, and St. Mary's loch (1858)
  • Earth, Sea, and Sky; or, The hand of God in the works of nature (1859)
  • Nelsons' hand-book to Scotland: for tourists. T. Nelson and Sons. 1860. (1860)
  • The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales; embracing recent changes in counties etc.; and forming a complete description of the country (1870–72)
  • Nature, Man, and God: a contrib. to the scientific teaching of to-day (1885)


  1. ^ 1881 census
  2. ^ Copy of a letter from the Rev. John M. Wilson to the Right Rev. Dr. Browne, Roman Catholic Bishop of Galway, Galway, 11th Oct. 1833, The Christian examiner and Church of Ireland magazine (1834), pp 57-60, via Google Books. Reprinted from the Galway Advertiser.
  3. ^ Statutory Register of Deaths, Edinburgh