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The Scottish vocalist

A monument to John Wilson in the Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh. An inscription on another face of the manument says "In memory of John Wilson, The Scottish Vocalist. Erected by his friends and admirers".


Wilson was born in Edinburgh in 1800. Originally an apprenticed to a printer, he developed his singing skills and in 1827 became a singing teacher. He made his operatic debut in 1830 and went onto a well regarded career in London. He also developed a repetoire of Scottish ballads which he presented in themed evenings such as 'A Nicht wi’ Burns' and 'Adventures of Prince Charlie', which also included prose and music of his own writing. He died of cholera during a visit to Quebec in 1849 and is buried in Canada.

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Taken on April 12, 2012