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John Mackay Wilson (1804-1835) was a Scottish writer famous for the six volume Tales of the Borders. He was born in Tweedmouth, on the border between Scotland and England. Towards the end of his life, he suffered from alcoholism. Two of his plays were The Gowrie Conspiracy (1829) and Margaret of Anjou. His other works include: Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland (1857-1859), Selections From Tales of the Borders and of Scotland (1885) and The Vacant Chair, and Other Tales (with others) (1892).