He took an interest in type making when apprenticed to a London surgeon, setting up a typefoundry with Baine in their native St Andrews (1742), then moving closer to the Glasgow printers Foulis. Baine left the partnership in 1749. Wilson’s early romans vied with but did not copy Caslon’s; from 1760 they showed the influence of Baskerville. His Double Pica (22-point) roman and Greek, and large-faced (14-point) English are especially fine. Wilson also made contributions to astronomy, leaving management of the foundry to his sons. The materials were dispersed in 1850.
From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.