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William Wilson

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam J.•Wilson
Used nameWilliam•Wilson
Born21 July 1905 in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland (GBR)
Died16 March 1972 in Bury, Greater Manchester, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


William Wilson was a Scottish stained glass artist, printmaker and watercolor painter. He worked as a map-maker before joining the stained-glass studio of James Ballantine and Son in 1920. Wilson attended evening classes at Edinburgh College of Art, where he began making prints. He traveled on a scholarship across Europe before continuing his studies at the Royal College of Art in London. Skilled as a draughtsman, his celebration of everyday life that one sees in his prints can also be found in his stained-glass windows. Since 1937, Wilson ran his own studio in Edinburgh. During his career he produced over 300 windows, for churches, cathedrals, and secular buildings all over Scotland.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Art Competitions GBR William Wilson
Painting, Applied Arts, Open (Olympic) AC