Accomplished English lutenist; born at Faversham. Practically nothing is known of his early life and he seems to have been confused with another John Wilson, a singer, who was born in 1585. He received the degree of Doctor of Music at Oxford in 1644 and was professor of music there from 1656 to 1662, when he became a gentleman of the Chapel Royal and chamber-musician to Charles II. He died in London. He published Psalterium Carolinum; Cheerful Ayres or Ballads; also glees and catches in Playford's Musical Companion and songs in Select Musicall Ayres and Dialogues.