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John Philip Wood


(Honest John Wood)

1762 - 1838

Antiquary and biographer. Born into an old Cramond family, Wood was a deaf mute who benefited from Thomas Braidwood's pioneering Academy for the Deaf and Dumb in Edinburgh. He learned to speak and went on to a successful career as Auditor of Excise.

Wood went on to prepare The Ancient and Modern State of the Parish of Cramond (Edinburgh) in 1794, the first history of a parish in Scotland. He is also noted for an edition of Douglas' The Peerage of Scotland published in two volumes in 1813 and a biography of John Law of Lauriston (1671 - 1729) which appeared in 1824.

A friend of the author Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832), who referred to him as Honest John Wood. He died in Edinburgh and lies buried in the kirkyard of St. Cuthbert's Church.


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