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Wilson, John (25 December 1800–09 July 1849), concert and operatic tenor, was born in the Canongate of Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of John Wilson, a coach driver. His mother’s name is unknown. At the age of ten he was apprenticed in the printing trade. He gave early indication of ability as a compositor; he was eventually engaged as a reader at the press of James Ballantyne, where he worked with many of the manuscripts of the novels of Sir Walter Scott. Wilson was apprenticed until the age of nineteen, but during this period he began to feel his lack of early education and applied himself to the acquisition of Latin, French, and—later—Italian. Wilson married in 1820, and he and his wife had six children. His wife’s name is unknown....