Saturday, 16 January 2010

Wilson Ancestry, Glasgow, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on one William Rae Wilson who, after his death, had a very unusual, domed octagonal Moorish kiosk built in the style of Palestinian Sepulchre monuments erected in Wilson's memory at Glasgow's Necropolis by his second wife.

As befitting a high status burial ground like Glasgow's Necropolis, Doctor William Rae Wilson L.L.D. was a man of substance. He was borne 1772 in nearby Paisley and named William Rae. The name Wilson was added after an inheritance from his uncle, John Wilson.

William Rae Wilson practised as a solicitor (attorney) but after the death of his wife just 18 months after his marriage he went on a journey to the Middle East and wrote travel books. Wilson eventually married an English lady.

The mausoleum is of architectural interest in its right. No wood, iron or lead was used in its construction with all joints expertly sealed. Inside can be found the family arms of Rae and Wilson depicted in white marble.

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