William Wilson snr.

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William Wilson snr.
Death: , Perth, Scotland
Parents: Robert Wilson
    – ?
Siblings: Andrew Wilson
Ephraim Wilson
    c.1790 – c.1870
William Wilson snr.
Partners: Janet Wilson (née Garrick)
    – 1870
Children: William Wilson
    b. 1839 Perth, Scotland; d. 1914 Sydney, Australia
James Mitchell Wilson
Robert G. Wilson
    1830 –
Permalink: archives.org.au/WMW2
Wikitree: Wilson-100255
Ancestry: 312544954568

William Wilson lived in Perth, Scotland.[1] He was born in about 1798.[1] Married Janet Garrick on 27 October 1826.[1][2]

They had three sons (William, James, and Robert) who lived to maturity, and four other children who died young. Three died in 1838: David (November 21, aged 2), Agnes (November 24, aged 4), and Elizabeth (December 9, aged 7). A second Agnes died aged 2 on 23 April 1844.[1]

The June 1841 census shows William and Janet living on High Street in Perth, with Robert aged 10, and William aged 2.[3]

At some point he set up a woollen mill, which according to family lore was initially successful but then failed because there was not enough water for all the mills on the river.[4]

It may be the one described on 11 December 1850 in the Perthshire Constitutional & Journal:[5]


To be Sold by Public Roup, within the Salutation Inn Perth, on Friday, the 10th of January, 1851, at Two o'clock afternoon,

THAT WOOL-SPINNING MILL on Annaty Burn, in the vicinity of New Scone, recently erected by William Wilson, with the whole BUILDINGS and MACHINERY appertaining to it.

The Mill was erected within these two years. The Machinery, which is driven by water, is of the best construction and in first-rate order. The access is good, and the situation convenient, the distance from Perth being about two miles. The Ground contains 2.380 Acres Imperial or thereby.

For farther particulars, apply to John Miller, Manufacturer in Perth, the Trustee on the Estate; the James Spottiswoode, Writer in Perth, his Agent, who is in possession of the Title-Deeds and in Inventory of the Machinery; or to Messrs. Mackenzie & Dickson, Writers, Perth.

Perth, 3d December, 1850

Perth post office directories have been searched for 1845–46,[6], 48–49,[7] 50–51,[8], 52–53,[9] and 56–57. The 52–53 edition has mention of a slightly-matching William Wilson, at 294 High Street with occupation 'wright',[9] but in 56–57 this has become John Wilson, wright, of the same address so is not a match.

Janet died in 1857 (aged 51).[1] He died on 30 October 1873, aged 75.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Transcription of Wilson grave in Perth, Scotland
  2. Name: William Wilson. Gender Male. Marriage Date 27 Oct. 1826. Marriage Place: Perth, Perth, Scotland. Spouse: Janet Garrick. FHL Film Number 1040164. Ancestry.com. Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA. Original data: Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
  3. UK census 1841, Perth 387-25-7, p7 of 23
  4. Rae's documents/WILLIA~1.DOC
  5. Perthshire Constitutional & Journal, p.1, Wednesday 11 December 1850, File:Perthshire Constitutional and Journal, 11 December 1850, p1.png
  6. Perth Post Office Directory for 1845–46.
  7. Post-Office Perth Directory for 1848–9.
  8. Post Office Perth Directory for 1850–51.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Perth Directory for 1852–53, page 99. Printed by C.G. Sidey.