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Both in body and in mind, John Wilson was a larger than life character. An essayist and a sportsman, he was one of the founders of the right-wing Blackwood's Magazine and, for over thirty years, he was Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Under the name Christopher North, he became a powerful critic and a notorious figure in the nineteenth-century literary world, his reviews wounding reputations and killing promising careers.

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David Octavius Hill

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