||Wilson Armistead was raised in a Quaker enclave in Leeds. He married Mary Bragg in 1844 and inherited a property—“Virginia Cottage"—where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. He was senior partner in a family firm, but the business was not successful during his tenure. He spent much of his time writing pamphlets and articles on moral issues, chiefly relating to the anti-slavery movement; this activity culminated, in 1848, with the publication of A Tribute to the Negro, a 600-page work that employed scientific methods to prove that the “Negro race” were not inferior to the white race. Later on, he travelled to the United States, where he met several prominent abolitionists. He died in 1868, at the age of 48. (info from Webb and McCann “A History of Lyddon Hall”).