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1855 Born June 2nd. Educated at St. Andrews University. While there carries out series of analyses on minerals under Heddle.
1876 Joined Geological Survey as Assistant Geologist.
First field mapping under Peach and Jack in Eskdale and Liddesdale.
Later mapped large areas of crystalline schists in Banffshire, North East Aberdeenshire, Central Perthshire near Ben Nevis and parts of Knapdale Plateau in Argyll.
While in Perth made series of soundings in Lochs Tay, Earn and Tummel, results published in Scottish Geographic Magazine (1888).
Undertook revision of Fife Coalfield and examination of new mines and bores. (Services acknowledged by Geikie in memoirs on East and Central Fife).
Paper in ?? Geol. Mag. - Tay Valley.
Made analyses of volcanic rocks – some published in “Ancient Volcanoes” and in the North West Highlands memoir.
Made analyses also of Carboniferous limestones from Midland Valley.
1901 Promoted to Geologist.
1908 Died December 29th.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Obituary - J.S. Grant Wilson. Born 2nd June 1855, died 29th December 1908. Geologists Magazine. New Series. v. 6 p.91-92. 1909

Publications[edit]

Memoir, in part – Ben Nevis (1916)

Memoir, in part – Lower Strathspey (1902)

Memoir, in part – Central Coalfield of Scotland Area VII (1920).

Memoir: North Aberdeenshire and East Banff (1882)

Memoir, in part – Edinburgh (1910)

Memoir, in part – Central Aberdeenshire (1890)

Memoir, in part – Oil Shales of the Lothians (1912)

Memoir, in part – Oban (1908)

Memoir, in part – Seaborad of Mid-Argyll (1909)

Memoir, in part – Knapdale and Jura (1911)

Memoir, in part – ; Blair Atholl (1905)

Memoir, in part – Glasgow (1911)

Works listed in the BGS Library catalogue

Survey publications[edit]

Clough, C.T. ; Wilson, J.S.G. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Macgregor, M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Dinham, C.H. (1920). The economic geology of the Central Coalfield of Scotland, description of area 7 including the districts of Rutherglen, Hamilton and Wishaw (with contributions by RG Carruthers and CH Dinham). (Mem Geol Surv Scotl (Econ); 31). Edinburgh : HMSO.

Wilson, J.S.G. ; Hinxman, L.W. (1890). Explanation of sheet 76: Central Aberdeenshire. (Memoir (Sheet) Geological Survey of GB (Scotland)). Edinburgh : HMSO.

Wilson, J.S.G. (1886). Explanation of sheet 87: North-east Aberdeenshire, with detached portions of Banffshire. (Memoir (Sheet) Geological Survey of GB (Scotland)). Edinburgh : HMSO.

Wilson, J.S.G. (1882). Explanation of sheet 97: Northern Aberdeenshire, eastern Banffshire. (Memoir (Sheet) Geological Survey of GB (Scotland)). Edinburgh : HMSO.

Bailey, E.B. ; Maufe, H.B. ; Clough, C.T. ; Grabham, G.W. ; Kynaston, H. ; Wilson, J.S.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Geological Survey of Great Britain. Scotland (1916). The geology of Ben Nevis and Glen Coe and the surrounding country : Explanation of sheet 53. (Memoir (Sheet) Geological Survey of GB (Scotland)). Edinburgh : HMSO.

Peach, B.N. ; Wilson, J.S.G. ; Hill, J.B. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Clough, C.T. ; Flett, J.S. ; Grabham, G.W. ; Maufe, H.B. ; Wilkinson, S.B.N. ; Wright, W.B. ; Geological Survey of Great Britain. Scotland (1911). The geology of Knapdale, Jura and North Kintyre (Explanation of sheet 28 with parts of 27 and 29). (Memoir (Sheet) Geological Survey of GB (Scotland); 28 & 27 & 29). Edinburgh : HMSO.

Hinxman, L.W. ; Wilson, J.S.G. ; Flett, J.S. (1902). The geology of lower Strathspey (Explanation of sheet 85) (with petrological chapter and notes by JS Flett) Mem Geol Surv G B (Scotl) (Sheet) (Edinburgh). (Memoir (Sheet) Geological Survey of GB (Scotland)). Edinburgh : HMSO.

Kynaston, H. ; Hill, J.B. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Flett, J.S. ; Muff, H.B. ; Peach, B.N. ; Teall, J.J.H. ; Wilson, J.S.G. ; Geological Survey of Great Britain. Scotland (1908). The geology of the country near Oban and Dalmally (Explanation of sheet 45). (Memoir (Sheet) Geological Survey of GB (Scotland); 45). Glasgow : HMSO.

Clough, C.T. ; Hinxman, L.W. ; Wilson, J.S.G. ; Crampton, C. B. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Flett, J.S. ; Grabham, G.W. ; Lee, G.W. ; Wright, B. ; Geological Survey of Great Britain. Scotland (1911). The geology of the Glasgow district (Glasgow district map, including parts of sheets 30,31,22 and 23). (Memoir (District) Geological Survey of GB (Scotland)). Edinburgh : HMSO.

Peach, B.N. ; Clough, C.T. ; Hinxman, L.W. ; Wilson, J.S.G. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Crampton, C. B. ; Flett, J.S. ; Gibson, W. ; Grabham, G.W. ; Horne, J. ; Maufe, H.B. ; Geological Survey of Great Britain. Scotland (1910). The geology of the neighbourhood of Edinburgh (sheet 32, with part of 31). (Memoir (District) Geological Survey of GB (Scotland)). Edinburgh : HMSO.

Peach, B.N. ; Kynaston, H. ; Muff, H.B. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Hill, J.B. ; Flett, J.S. ; Harker, A. ; Wilkinson, S.B.N. ; Wilson, J.S.G. ; Geological Survey of Great Britain. Scotland (1909). The geology of the seaboard of mid Argyll including the islands of Luing, Scarba, the Garvellachs, and the Lesser Isles, together with the northern part of Jura and a small portion of Mull (Explanation of sheet 36). (Memoir (Sheet) Geological Survey of GB (Scotland); 36). Edinburgh : HMSO.

External publications[edit]

Wilson, J.S.G. ; Cadell, H.M. (1884). The Breadalbane mines. Proceedings of the Royal Physical Society of Edinburgh Vol. 8 (1884) p. 189-207 (1884) ; p. 189-207.

Wilson, J.S.G. (1909). The results of the Balfour bore, Fifeshire. Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society Vol. 9 pt/no 3 (1909) p. 143-166 (1909) ; p. 143-166.

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