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Field Visit

Date 15 June 2000

Event ID 612530

Category Recording

Type Field Visit

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/event/612530

Standing figure of Wilson holding his cloak around him with his right hand in which he also holds a quill, and leaning on a palm tree stump with his left hand. Holding folded papers in his left hand. On pedestal with integral colums with foliate capitals at each corner (of two designs).

The pedestal is the same as the pedestal on the Allan Ramsay monument. Both were designed by David Bryce

John Wilson, born 1785 near Paisley. Appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University in 1819. Died in Edinburgh 1854. Buried in the Dean Cemetery. Wilson made his name writing for Blackwood's Magazine under the pseudonym of Christopher North.

Inscriptions : On north side of pedestal:

JOHN WILSON

BORN 18TH MAY 1785

DIED 1ST APRIL 1854

Signatures : On base of plant on which Wilson leans:

JN STEELL . R.S.A.

Sculpt Edinr

1865

Design period : 1856 - 1865

Year of unveiling : 1865

Unveiling details : 25 March 1865

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0172)

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