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Wilson, Alexander (1766–1813), ornithologist and poet, was born on 6 July 1766 within the former walled garden of Paisley Abbey, Paisley, probably the youngest of the three children of Alexander Wilson, weaver, illicit distiller, and smuggler, and his first wife, Mary McNab. Both parents were Scottish, and his mother died before his tenth birthday. While his mother lived, he was happy and attended the ...