John Marius Wilson

Rev. 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]

Works (selected)


  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

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