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Wilson Clan Crest: A demi-lion.
Wilson Clan Motto: Semper Vigilans (Always watchful).
History of Clan Wilson:
The surname is widespread throughout Scotland, and, in the north, is sometimes given as a Sept name of Clan Gunn or Clan Innes. Meanwhile, in the south of Scotland, lands at Carnwath in Lanarkshire were acquired by James Wilson in 1655. The kiltmakers William Wilson & Sons were established at Bannockburn, near Stirling in 1760.
James Wilson (1742-1798) was born in Ceres, Fife, before emigrating to America in 1765. He was a signatory of the American Declaration of Independence. Alexander Wilson (1766-1813) was born in Paisley and became a weaver. His satirical verses directed at a mill-owner brought him into trouble with the law and he emigrated to America in 1794. He produced seven volumes of American Ornithology, and was a maternal ancestor of Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America.Andrew Wilson (1780-1845) was a pupil of the painter Alexander Nasmyth. He became Master of the Trustees' Academy, Edinburgh. John Wilson (1785-1854) wrote under the name of Christopher North. He was Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University. Robert Wilson (1800-82) was born in Dunbar and was associated with the invention of the screw propeller for ships. John Wilson (1804-75) was born in Lauder and became a Missionary to Bombay. He founded the Oriental Christian Spectator and in 1832, the English School in Bombay. Sir Daniel Wilson (1816-92) became Professor of History and English Literature at Toronto University. Hugh Wilson (1833-77) was born in Ross and became Editor of the Manchester Evening News and launched the Edinburgh Evening News in 1873. Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869-1959) invented the Cloud Chamber, a tool for particle physics, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1927. Brian Wilson (1948- ), born in Dunoon, was Minister for Energy in the Blair Government.
Places of Interest:
Paisley Abbey, Glasgow. Ancestors of Alexander Wilson, are buried here. He began his working life as a weaver in Paisley, but was forced to emigrate to America.
Wilsontown, Lanarkshire. Village established by three industrious Wilson brothers of Cleugh Estate, Carnwath.
Wilson Clan members display certificates.