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Summary of the Ancestry & Family of Lauder of Fountainhall
by Gregory Lauder-Frost, F.S.A.(Scot).

This essay seeks to correct the erroneous ancestries for the Lauder of Fountainhall baronets which appear in numerous books, including Burke’s Peerage & Baronetage, and the Complete Baronetage by the usually reliable G.E.Cockayne. Who copied from whom is unclear. However it appears that some of the errors are based upon the funeral escutcheon of Lord Fountainhall, the 2nd Baronet, the researcher thinking it was the escutcheon of the 1st Baronet (he did not have one). Lord Fountainhall, however, wrote down his ancestry and some of his holograph notes were kept in the charter chest of Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, transcribed and published as Appendix XIV in J.Stewart-Smith’s book The Grange of St.Giles (Edinburgh, 1898, p.407-8).

The Lauders are recorded as "prominent from 1320" and amongst those "below the rank of Earl who have been considered as belonging to the Scottish higher nobility." (Essays on the Nobility of Medieval Scotland edited by K.J.Stringer, Edinburgh, 1985, pps: 214, 225, and 229).  “This family have been very considerable Barons since the 1300s”. (Sir George Mackenzie (1636-1691), King’s Advocate.)

Without detailing his illustrious ancestry we can commence with:

Sir Robert de Lawedre of The Bass (b. c1350 - d. Bet. 14-24 June, 1425), armiger, identified in numerous archives. Amongst the manuscripts of the Duke of Hamilton, there is a document written by William 1st Earl of Douglas (c1327-1384), who describes Alan de Lawedre as the second son of Sir Robert de Lawedre of Quarrelwood and Bass (d.c1370) (Refer: Hist. MSS Commission, London, 1887, number 126, p.205).  The Rotuli Scotia records a safe-conduct from King Edward III for “Robertus, fils Alani de Lawedre”, 4th November 1364. It seems probable that Robert was travelling as his father’s Page. In 1369 Roberto de Lawedre was a witness, with Lord (Domino) Robert de Congleton, Rector of Dunbar, to a charter of the lands of Mochrum (Dumfries & Galloway) to George de Dunbar, Earl of March. (Refer: Genealogical Collections by Walter MacFarland made in 1750-51, Scottish History Society, Edinburgh, 1900, p.522.) About 1370 this Robert was a witness, with his father Alan, to a charter granted by Alan's father Sir Robert de Lawedre [of Quarrelwood & The Bass]. In 1384 in a charter by Richard Edgar to Robert Edgar of Wedderlie, "Johannes Haliburton, Dominus de Dirleton" and "Robertus Lawider, Dominus de la Basse" are witnesses. (Refer: John Jamieson's Illustrations to Slezer's Theatrum Scotiae, [John Slezer died in 1714 and was writing this in 1678] Edinburgh, 1874 p.123.)

Froissart has Sir Robert “a renowned hero” fighting at the Battle of Otterburn in 1388 (see Young, 1884, p.45.). He is described as “our cousin” in a charter of the Earl of Dunbar dated 8th May 1400. (Melrose Charters, no.506.) According to Sir James Balfour's Annals (vol.1) and also Fordun's Scotichronicon (Edinburgh 1759) Sir Robert Lauder of The Bass took part in the battle of Nesbit Moor on 22nd June 1402 and was captured. The date of his liberation does not appear to be on record, but in 1405/6 he accepted Prince James into his safekeeping in his castle on The Bass.

John J. Reid (1885) writes "that Alan de Lawedre was dead by 20th March 1407 is clear, as his son, this Robert, accounts as 'executor testamenti quondam Alani de Lawedre patris sui nuper defuncti'". On 1st August 1414 Robert, Duke of Albany, Earl of Fife and of Menteith and Governor of the Kingdom of Scotland confirmed a charter (refer: Registrum Glasguense, vol.ii, p.304) of this Robert de Lawedre to Glasgow Cathedral, where it states “my son and heir William”,who was appointed Bishop in 1408. Another sentence mentions “my consort Annabelle and the said William, Lord Bishop, our son.” (This charter, transcribed by Latin expert Frank Bigwood, also corrects several different and much later references which state that William was a son of Alan!)

Five further sons are mentioned in this charter. Witnesses included Gilbert, Bishop of Aberdeen, Chancellor of Scotland, and Sir Patrick de Dunbar, Knt.

“Robert de Lawedir, Lord of The Bass” is one of the “nobles” witnessing a Transumpt of a charter by Lady Margaret Stewart, Countess of Mar & Angus, on 23rd March 1417. Safe-Conducts were issued by King Henry VI to "Robertus de Laweder de Basse, chr." and Jacobus de Lawedre de Scotia (one of Robert’s sons and a Justice-Clerk - appears in the Registrum Glasguense charter), dated 13th December, 1423. In 1424 Sir Robert was one of the hostages for the release of King James 1st. Tytler states “Sir Robert Lauder of The Bass was one of the few people whom James 1st admitted to his confidence." He went on: "the heir of Albany, Walter Stewart, was shut up in the strong castle of The Bass, belonging to Sir Robert Lauder, a firm friend of the King".  

Sir Robert’s next younger brother, George de Lawedre of Haltoun (refer: The Great Seal of Scotland, Index 2, July 1393, charter no.1686), (d.c1430 s.p.m.) was Provost of Edinburgh numerous times, and married Helen, daughter of Archibald 3rd Earl of Douglas, 'The Grim'.(Refer: Crawfurd's Peerage p.91.) Sir Robert and George’s younger brother was Sir Alexander de Lawedre (d. before June 1434) who briefly succeeded George at Haltoun. Sir Alexander married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Forrester of Corstorphine, Knt., (refer: Douglas's Peerage, Edinburgh, 1813) leaving issue.

Of Sir Robert’s sons:

William de Lawedre, Bishop of Glasgow and Chancellor of Scotland, &c., (d. Abt. 14th December, 1425, buried in St. Mary’s Lauder)

John de Lawedre (d.v.p., Bef. June 1421 s.p.m.), second son in the Registrum Glasguense charter, had a daughter Mariotta, who married Alexander Home of that Ilk who became the 1st Lord Home from whom the present Earl and his family descend. (Refer: Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots’ Peerage, Adenda, vol.9, pps: 106-7, Edinburgh 1914.)

Sir Robert de Lawedre of Edrington, and from 1425, The Bass, &c., Justiciary South of the Forth. He died just before Michaelmas 1451. (Third son in the Registrum Glasguense charter).

Gilbert de Lawedre, Baillie of Lauder (sixth son in the Registrum Glasguense charter), married in 1417 Annabella (God-daughter of his mother), daughter of Sir Robert Maitland of Thirlestane & Lethington [today Lennoxlove], ancestor of the Earls of Lauderdale.

George de Lawedre, Bishop of Argyll, &c. (d. after March 1466). (Refer: Scottish Armorial Seals by W.R.Macdonald, Edinburgh, 1904, p.196, for 1439 & 1455 where George has used his father’s seal on two charters.)

Alexander de Lawedre, Bishop of Dunkeld (d. 11th October 1440; buried in St. Mary’s, Lauder, “with his parents”.). (Refer: Calendar of Scottish Supplications to Rome, editors Lindsay & Cameron, Scottish History Society, Edinburgh, 1934, p.235-6, where he is given as “brother-german of Bishop William”). Not a son of Alan, as sometimes said.

Patrick de Lawedre (d.before 1454) was heir of tailzie [entail] to his brother George, but appears to have predeceased him.

The Registrum Glasguense gives as the fourth son (if in order) as

Alan de Lawedre [of that Ilk] (d. after October 1464), who accompanied his brother William the Bishop on several important embassies. He was also a close confidant of the Douglases, witnessing many of their charters, and in 1424 William, Earl of Douglas, sent Malcolm Fleming of Cumbernauld and this Alan de Lawedre as his ambassadors to Charles VII, King of France, asking for him to grant Douglas's rightful inheritance as Duke of Tourraine upon the death of his father at the battle of Verneuil. He was made a Baillie of Edinburgh before 1433. (Refer: Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Edinburgh, 1403-1528, Edinburgh, 1869.) Alan’s father settled upon him numerous superiorities and feus in and about Lauder, Berwickshire, and he sat with other members of his family on a Retour of Inquest held at Lauder, on Monday 31st October 1440. In 1445 he is given as “Alan de Lawedir of the Tower of Lawedir”

(refer: Hist. MSS Commission - MSS of Colonel David Milne Home of Wedderburn Castle, London, 1902, p.262, no.602). In the National Archives (RH1/2/691) is a Precept by William, Earl of Douglas and Avondale, Lord of Galloway and the Regality of Laweder, to William Cranstoun of Corsby, Knt., where Alan de Laweder of Laweder (i.e: of that Ilk) is amongst the witnesses. On 9th November 1450 he was one of those (includes William Lauder of Haltoun) named in a warrant for safe-conduct for three years to accompany William, Earl of Douglas, to the Marches of Calais and elsewhere in the King of England’s dominions. (Bain, p.249.)  He appears in many other documents, and Scottish Armorial Seals (by W.R. MacDonald, Edinburgh, 1904, number 1557 p.197) has a seal for him:

"Alan Lauder of that Ilk; a griffin segreant" dated 30th April 1461, appended to a Inquest of Retour for Lawrence Lord Abernethy. (RH6/361)

As Alan de Lawedre of Lawedre, he witnessed a Sasine (RH4/30/II/18) dated 26th October 1464, after which he vanishes from records. He appears to have married late.

Alan’s eldest (but second surviving) brother, Sir Robert, became Lord of The Bass (Dominus de la Bass) and was Justiciary of the Lothians South of the Forth.

There are many documents in the archives pertaining to this Robert; he witnesses Royal charters as well as those of the nobility and, like his father and grandfather, was a Burgess of Edinburgh. Between 1425 and 1433 Sir Robert was Governor of Edinburgh Castle. His name appears on the board of governors today on public display in The Great Hall of the castle. Just before his death (1451) he witnessed a charter of George de Dunbar, Earl of March, to ‘Lord Patrick de Dunbar de Bele, militi’, his son, signed in the castle of Bele [Biel], Haddingtonshire.

Alan Lauder of that Ilk (d. c1464) had at least three known sons:

William Lauder “brother-german of Oliver Lauder of that Ilk” (Refer: "Acts of the Lords of Council in Civil Causes" 1496 - 1501, (Editors, Neilson & Paton, Edinburgh, 1918, volume II, p.234) who appears to be still living in 1504.

Hector Lauder presumed son of Alan because of the Lauderdale & Douglas connexions. Hector was one of the many witnesses to a Notorial Instrument for a Retour for Philip de Mowbray, Lord of Dalmeny, done at the latter place on 8th November 1430. James de Lawedre "a noble squire and baillie of all the lands of Dalmeny" presided as judge at the Retour. This James is presumably Hector's uncle, the Justice-Clerk. (Refer: "Memorials of the Earls of Haddington" by Sir William Fraser, KCB, LL.D., vol.ii: Correspondence and charters, Edinburgh 1889, p.229-230.) At a Retour of Inquest held at Lauder, on Monday 31st October 1440, George Ker was confirmed as heir of the lands of Samuelston, held in chief of the Earl of Douglas, Lord of the Regality of Lauderdale. Jurors included, Alan & Gilbert Lauder [brothers], Hector Lauder, William Lauder, Thomas Lauder, and John Lauder of Burngrains. (Refer: "12th Report of the Historic Manuscripts Commission - MSS of the Duke of Athole, and the Earl of Home", London, 1891, p.161.) Hector de Lawedre acted as attorney for George Douglas, Earl of Angus in the granting of a Sasine to the latter on 3rd January 1456. Witnesses included William de Douglas of Cavers, David Scot of Eckford,  and "many others". (Refer: "The Douglas Book" by William Fraser, C.B.,LL.D., vol.iii, Charters, Edinburgh, 1885, p.85-6.)

Alan’s eldest son was:

Oliver Lauder of that Ilk (d. between January 23, 1487 - May 1489). In 1476 Oliver Lauder of Lauder was deputy to Patrick Hepburn, Lord Hailes, Sheriff of Berwickshire (he regularly performed this duty over the years) and presided or witnessed many Retours of Service of Heirs. He is mentioned in several Acts of Parliament in 1476 & 1483. He married Margaret Hunter (it is possible she was a second marriage) still living, remarried, in 1498. (“Acts of the Lords of Council in Civil Causes” 1496 - 1501, edited by Messrs Neilson & Paton, Edinburgh, 1918, vol.II, p.234.) Oliver’s known sons:

George Lauder, Burgess & Baillie of Lauder (living 1504), younger son, married in 1493 Margaret, daughter of Sir John Swinton, 16th of that Ilk from whom the present Berwickshire family descend. (Refer: “The Swintons of that Ilk and Their Cadets”, Edinburgh 1883, appendix lxviii.)

Andrew Lauder "brother-german of Robert Lauder of that Ilk" (Refer: “The Great Seal” no.344, signed 11th January and confirmed the following day at Edinburgh, 1526.)

Oliver’s eldest son, Robert, who held the Muircleuch estate with a Pele Tower above the Royal Burgh of Lauder in his father’s lifetime, became:

Robert Lauder of that Ilk, &c. (1) (d. after Jan 1525/6, see The Great Seal of Scotland , charter, no.344). mentioned as Oliver’s son in a legal action in 1489. (Refer: “Acts of Lords and Council’’ 1478-1495, 9th April 1489, p.20.) Full sasine of the superiority of the Lauder family lands of Sunderland, Selkirkshire, and Dalcoif (Mertoun parish), in Berwickshire, was granted to Robert in 1492. (Refer: Exchequer Rolls vol.x, 1488-1496, edited by George Burnett, Lyon King of Arms, Edinburgh, 1887, p.764) In the Protocol Book of James Young (SRS) there appears a sasine (no.677) dated 7th October 1493 of the lands of Burncastle near the burgh of Lauder and amongst the witnesses was Robert Lawedir of that Ilk. On the 4th November 1496 Robert Lauder of that Ilk was a witness to a sasine in favour of George Home of Wedderburn. (Refer: Hist. MSS Commission - MSS of Colonel David Milne Home of Wedderburn Castle, London, 1902, p.27.) In the National Archives (of Scotland GD158/149) is a sasine following on a precept from Chancery date 18 July 1496 in favour of Patrick Hume of Polwarth dated 4th Nov 1496.  The leading witness is Robert Lauder of that Ilk. He and Marione Hoppringle [sometimes given as Mariotta], his spouse, raised an action, heard on 21st and 23rd June 1498, against Robert Ker in Lyndenebernis and Margaret Hunter, his spouse, the relict of Oliver Lauder of that Ilk, for the wrongful occupation etc, for a year and a half, of a third of the 5 merk lands of Sunderlandhall in Selkirkshire, which Oliver had awarded to Robert and Marion in liferent, by charter under Oliver's seal dated 26th May,1486. This charter was witnessed by William Lauder, brother-german of Oliver Lauder, and various others. William, Lord Borthwick went surety for Robert Lauder in this action. The case continued, and on the 11th January 1499, Ker counterclaimed and the Lords ordered Robert Lauder to produce the said charter to them, and placed Ker & his wife under a caution. (Refer: Acts of the Lords of Council in Civil Causes 1496 - 1501, vol.ii, edited by Messrs Neilson & Paton, Edinburgh, 1918,  pps: 223, 229. 234 and 296.)

On the 18th June 1500 Robert Lauder of that Ilk resigned the feu of the ‘debateable’ lands of Allanshaws & Threepwood to Melrose monastery. (Refer: Melrose Regality Records vol.iii, pps: xxxv/xxxvi.) On the 25th March 1504 Sir Alexander Lauder of Haltoun, Knt, sold to Robert Lauder of that Ilk, his heirs and assignees, one quarter of the mylne of Lauder, retaining a quarter for himself. Robert to pay Sir Alexander four score merks gold and silver Scots money on 16th April next, following which payment Sir Alexander completed the formalities. (Refer: The Protocol Book of James Young, SRS no.1419, p.321). This left Robert proprietor of three-quarters of the mill. Scottish Armorial Seals (by W.R.MacDonald, Edinburgh, 1904, p.197) lists a seal of "Robert Lauder of that Ilk - a griffin segreant" from a charter dated 23rd May, 1504. In The Great Seal of Scotland, charter number 2893, confirmed 21st November 1505, the King granted to Robert Lauder and Mariote Hoppringill, his spouse, and their legitimate children, the lands of Murecleuch in Lauderdale, Berwickshire, which Robert had resigned for a re-grant to include his wife and children.

In The Register of the Privy Seal of Scotland 1488 - 1529 (vol.1, edited by M. Livingstone, Deputy Keeper of the Records of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1908, number 1257) a Letter of Licence was made on 10th May 1506 to [Robert’s first cousin once removed] Sir Robert Lawder of The Bass, knight, which included, notably, “Robert Lawder [of Edrington] his son and heir-apparent”.  In addition, Robert Lawder of the Tower of Lawder (1) is listed. This makes it clear (apart also from the earlier mentions of Alan, his grandfather) that Lauder Tower and the lands attached to it had long been separated from The Bass estates prior to this date, and also that the Robert Lauder of Lauder Tower (or ‘of that Ilk’) was not a son of the feudal baron of The Bass (as incorrectly stated by J. Stewart-Smith in The Grange of St.Giles). It is worth noting that the next Sir Robert Lauder of The Bass, (previously Sir Robert of Edrington), was the Captain and Keeper of the King's castle and fort of Lochmaben, and was asked "to sit upon the daily council for all matters occurring in the realm" as one of 35 Lords (15 spiritual the rest temporal, etc.) at Stirling on the 19th September 1513, ten days after Flodden, setting up a General [Regency] Council of the Realm" on behalf of the Dowager Queen. (Refer: Acts of the Lords of Council in Public Affairs 1501-1554, edited by R.K.Hannay, Edinburgh, 1932.) This indicates a high standing amongst Scotland’s nobility.

This Robert Lauder of that Ilk (1) appears in a great many documents, including the sasines and Great Seal charters confirming him in his landed inheritance. In The Exchequer Rolls of Scotland 1513 - 1522, (edited by A.E.J.G.Mackay, M.A.,LL.D., vol.XIV, Edinburgh, 1893, p.527) sasine was granted on 10th November 1513 to "Roberto Lawder" of the superiorities of the Forest of Lauder, half the granary and fulling mill there, plus half-lands in Dalcoif (Mertoun parish). All hereditary Lauder of that Ilk lands. He appears to have escaped the carnage at Flodden! Robert Lauder of that Ilk made representations to the Privy Council that in 1518 he had incurred substantial losses due to Border raids and incursions. His first wife (married before May 1486) was Mariotta, daughter of James Hoppringle [Pringle], of Smailholm, &c., by his spouse Isabella, daughter of Patrick Murray of Fala Hill. Robert’s second wife (January 1516 – see Great Seal) was Christine, daughter of Hugh Hamilton of Innerwick, Haddingtonshire, by his spouse Margaret Kennedy (leaving issue); and his third wife (who on 1st December 1525 he was in the process of divorcing) was Janet Logan, presumably of the Restalrig family. He died having already (in Jan 1525/6 – Great Seal) settled his estates in fee on his eldest son and heir by his first marriage:

Robert Lauder of that Ilk, &c.(2) (d. July 1567) Burke's Peerage 1847 and 1878 editions, Notes on Historical references to the Scottish Family of Lauder (edited by James Young, Glasgow 1884) and The Grange of St. Giles (by J. Stewart-Smith, Edinburgh, 1899) all incorrectly state that this fellow is Robert Lauder of The Bass and that he died in 1561, but cite no evidence. The Bass family are well recorded, and Robert Lauder of The Bass is exceptionally well-documented and died in June 1576 (Refer his Testament in the Edinburgh Commissariot) having lived a long life (his father died early in 1519).  His two wives and children are also well-recorded. These publications, which probably copied from each other, are wrong and confused. In fact, many mentions of this entire family are confused.

This Robert Lauder of that Ilk (2) is also mentioned in copious official records.

In Ancient Criminal Trials in Scotland (by Robert Pitcairn, Edinburgh, 1833, vol.1, pps:146/147) there is a list of Barons and Lairds of Berwickshire, Robert Lauder of that Ilk being among them, who were being summoned, on 18th May 1530, for [supposedly] neglecting their bonds regarding suppressing Border thieves.

Although his father’s heir, Robert had failed to pay his full feudal Entry Fees to the Exchequer. As a result, on the 4th January 1542/43 "'Ane Lettir' [was] maid to [Robert’s stepmother’s brother] James Hammyltoun of Innerwik, his airis and asignais, - of the gift of the nonentres (etc.)" of the whole lands of the Forest of Lauder, with half of the corn-mill and the whole waulk-mill and mill lands of the same, with the pertinents, lying in Lauderdale; and half of the lands of Dalcoif, with an annual-rent of xiii s. iiii d. to be uplifted from the other half of the said lands of Dalcoif, lying in the Sheriffdom of Berwick; and all of the half of the lands of Sunderland with their pertinents, lying in the sheriffdom of Selkirkshire; of all years and terms bygone etc., since the decease of Robert Lauder of that Ilk, father to Robert Lauder now of that Ilk, or any others etc.; and 'siclik' of all years and terms to come during the time of the said non-entries; with the relief thereof when it shall happen etc. (Refer: The Register of the Privy Seal of Scotland 1542 - 1548, edited by D.Hay Fleming, LL.D., and James Beveridge, M.A., Edinburgh, 1936, vol.iii, no.1.) Such awards of the profits of non-entries were common enough at the time and designed to put pressure upon the laird to pay his entry fees.

This Robert Lauder of that Ilk was one of the jurors who sat upon the Retour Inquest (GD135/1063) on 20th December 1542, to proclaim his kinsman Alexander Lauder of Haltoun as his rightful heir to his father, Sir William Lauder of Haltoun, Knt. He appears on numerous Retour Inquests of noble and landed families, indicating a close relationship or friendship to them (a qualifying factor to sit upon a Retour), and a Retour of Inquest dated 10th July 1546 of George, Lord Home, was witnessed by, among others, Robert Lauder of that Ilk, whose seal - a griffin rampant - was attached. (See: Historic Manuscripts Commission 12th Report - MSS of the Duke of Athole, and the Earl of Home, London, 1891, p.157-8.). Robert Lauder of that Ilk is also recorded as “Lord Superior” of the lands of Cauldsheills (see below) and Bogside near the Royal Burgh of Lauder in an entry (number 17) dated 6th August 1546.  (Refer: The Protocol Book of Robert Wedderop, Lauder 1543 - 1553 edited by Teresa Maley & Walter Elliot, Selkirk, 1993.)   Deeds (RD1/4 f.147; RD1/6 f.376; RD f.76) dated 4th May 1556, 23rd August 1563 and 21st June 1565 are all signed by Robert Lauder of that Ilk. The first two concern his son and heir-apparent Richard's marriage contract and subsequent implementation, and the last is a new marriage contract for his son Richard, his first wife having died. Pitcairn's Ancient Criminal Trials in Scotland under date 7th November 1565 has, appearing as “procurator” for Gilbert Lauder of the Whitslaid (cadets of Haltoun) family, “The Laird of Lawder”. Robert Lauder of that Ilk married Alison, daughter of Sir William Cranstoun of that Ilk, Smailholm, &c., by his wife Margaret Home, ancestor of the Lords Cranstoun.

Besides a daughter Elizabeth, and a younger son, Hew, Robert’s eldest son and heir-apparent (refer: National Archives of Scotland Deeds RD1/4, f.147) was

Richard Lauder, younger of that Ilk. (k. June 1567) “Richard Lauder of Lauder is said to have been a Senator of the College of Justice by the title of Lord Lauder, and as his successor on the bench was appointed in 1575, he is supposed to have died before that year. His name, however, does not occur in Brunton & Haig's Historical Account of the Senators of the College of Justice, but, on the 9th July 1575, James Meldrum, younger of Segie, was appointed a Lord Ordinary on the temporal side ‘in place of William [sic] Lauder of that Ilk’, of whom no account is given. (Refer: The Scottish Nation by William Anderson, Edinburgh, 1867 edition,, p.630) and James Young, 1884, p.54).

Apart from that, Richard appears in many records, was involved in local well-recorded feuds, and was finally killed in one in June 1567 (v.p.) (refer: Register of the Privy Seal of Scotland edited by Gordon Donaldson, D.Litt., vol.6, Edinburgh, 1963, number 2254), clearly the last straw for his father who died a month later.

Richard married twice: firstly, in 1556 (Marriage Contract, NAS Deed RD.1/4, f.147), Eupheme, daughter of Thomas Macdougal of Makerstoun in Roxburghshire, by his spouse Janet, daughter of  Walter Scott of Howfaslet (Makerstoun is today the home of Lord Biddulph). She died shortly before January 23, 1565. They had three known sons. (Relationships can be found here: Edinburgh Commissary Court Decreets 29th April 1564 - 14th April 1565; ref:CC8/2/1.) Richard married secondly after June 21, 1565 (date of contract) Margaret, daughter of William Cairncross of Colmislie by his spouse Marion Hoppringle. Issue, if any, unknown. Margaret was still living in April 1597.

Richard’s eldest son became Robert Lauder of that Ilk (3) and married Margaret, daughter of William Borthwick of Soutra & Johnstounburn (great-grandson of William, 2nd Lord Borthwick) by his wife Catherine Crichton. In 1590 a Crown List of “Landed Men” in the Lothians and Borders was drawn up, amongst whom is the “Laird of Lauder” in Berwickshire. (Refer: The Privy Council Registers of Scotland 1585 - 1592, edited by David Masson, LL.D., Edinburgh, 1881, vol.iv, p.783). Robert Lauder of that Ilk (3) was killed while sitting on the bench as a Baillie (Magistrate) in the infamous so-called ‘Tolbooth Raid’ by the Homes & Cranstouns on the 10th May 1598. (See Calendar of the State Papers relating to Scotland 1547-1603, edited by J.D.Mackie, CBE.,M.C.,LL.D., Edinburgh, 1969, vol. XIII, Part 1, number 156, pps: 205-208, but specifically p.207.) William Borthwick of Soutra, with Mark Borthwick, had also witnessed Robert’s 1595 Latterwill.

As a further indication of the standing of the Lauders at this time, in a secretive letter to the Lord Treasurer and Sir Francis Walsingham dated 7th February 1589 there is a reference to “the Duke” who has "departed to the marriage in [Leven] Fife of young Bass [George Lauder of The Bass], where [Francis Stewart, Earl of] Bothwell is also supposed to be." It is also said that as a result of this event “Edinburgh is left with few [Privy] Counsellors."  (Refer: Calendar of Scottish Papers 1547 - 1603, edited by William K. Boyd & Henry W. Meikle, Edinburgh, 1936, p.842.)

We return to Richard Lauder younger of that Ilk’s second son:

William Lauder in Cauldscheills, a large property just south of Lauder a superiority of his Lauder ancestors and now of his brother Robert. In 1574 there is confirmation of a charter to William Lauder, Burgess of Lauder, for which payment of 6/13/4 was received. (Refer Accounts of the Treasurer of Scotland, vol.xiii, Edinburgh, 1978, p.261.) On 15th April 1586 William is mentioned as a brother to Robert Lauder of that Ilk in a dispute over the Burn Mill at Lauder. Also cited with him in the action was James Lauder, their brother, and Charles Bannatyne [another variant spelling of Bellenden] et al. (Refer: The Privy Council Registers of Scotland 1585 - 1592, edited by David Masson, LL.D., Edinburgh, 1881, vol.iv, p.63.) On 28th July 1589 “William Lauder, brother-german of Robert Lauder of that Ilk”, witnessed a sasine. (Refer: Melrose Regality Records, vol.3, p.343.) James Young (1884, p.55) correctly gives William as Richard Lauder’s “second son and ancestor of the Fountainhall branch of the family.”

On 5th July 1598, “William Lauder, burgess of the Burgh of Lauder and brother of the late Robert Lauder of that Ilk” (3), was made tutor as propinquior agnatus [nearest in kinship] to Robert Lauder, pupil, son and heir-apparent of the late Robert Lauder of that Ilk, his father, who had been murdered in May.  In September, described in the Privy Council Registers as William Lauder in Cauldscheilles, he raised [unsuccessful] actions to take possession of the Tower of Lauder and by doing so oust Margaret Borthwick, relict of the Laird, Robert, William's late brother. However by the 9th July 1601 William had unexpectedly passed away. (Refer: The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland 1599-1604 edited by David Masson, LL.D.,, 1599-1604, Edinburgh, 1884, pps: 690 & 693)

William married twice, firstly Elizabeth (or Jean), daughter of John Bellenden of Lasswade (cadets of Auchnole & Broughton), by whom he had three known sons.

William was interred with his first wife in the Lauder burial vault inside Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh. His second wife was Agnes (surname unknown) by whom he had two sons and a daughter. Agnes remarried George Hoppringle [Pringle] of Murehouse.(Refer: The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland edited by David Masson, LL.D.,, 1599-1604, Edinburgh, 1884, pps: 690 & 693.) William Lauder’s eldest son and heir-apparent was another William, married to Christian Borthwick (doubtless a close relative of the above Margaret, relict of the laird), and the next son was James. Both were murdered in the aforementioned Tolbooth Raid in 1598 along with the laird.

The third son by William’s first marriage removed to his mother’s family at Lasswade, whether before or after the Tolbooth Raid is not known. He was:

Andrew Lauder in Melville Mill, Lasswade. His mother’s family invested him in the hereditary feu of the Mill and its associated lands and his feu payments are recorded (the superiority being in the hands of James, Lord Ross of Halkhead & Melville. When Andrew’s first wife died, it was recorded in her Testamentary Inventory that they owed for the ferms of the Mill of Melvinmylne to Lady Ross). There appears in The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland 1613-1616 (edited by David Masson, LL.D., Edinburgh, 1891, vol.x, p.523) a complaint made to the Privy Council on 22nd May 1616, by Andrew Lauder in Melvill Mill, against Thomas Andrew at Polton Mill for payment of a debt. (Found in Lauder's favour.) His first wife was Janet (commonly called Bessie), daughter of David Ramsay of Polton & Hillhead (cadet of Dalhousie), by his wife a daughter of Sir William Sinclair of Roslin, Justice-General. Janet died in April 1617 and she was interred in the Lauder burial vault in Greyfriars.

Her testament is interesting: ”'Bessie' Ramsay spouse of Andrew Lauder in Melvilmylne, parish of Lasswade, who died in April 1617, given up by her spouse in name of their (presumably only surviving) children, John, Bessie and Jean.”

Debts were owed to them by William Sinclair of Roslin; David Ramsay of

Hilheid (her father); the deceased Nicol Ramsay of Cockpen (cadet of Dalhousie); Gilbert Duncan, burgess of Edinburgh; William Johnston and William Cruickshank there; Robert Thomson, goldsmith and James Traquair - total 2,534/6/8d. A significant amount of money at that time. Her father stood as Cautioner.

They appear to have had at least two sons and two daughters. Andrew remarried on July 28, 1618, Isobel, daughter of William Borthwick of Johnstonburn, &c., (great-great grandson of William, 2nd Lord Borthwick) by his spouse Barbara, daughter of James Lawson of Humbie by his spouse Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Bellenden of Auchnoull & Broughton, Lord Justice-Clerk and Director of Chancery. Andrew and Isobel had seven children. She died on June 17, 1636 and her Testament was proved on November 2.

Andrew married thirdly, on November 28, 1641, Margaret Cockburn, relict of Rev. Thomas Bannatyne (or Bellenden), Minister at Douglas, and died in June 1568 at Edinburgh. He was interred in the Lauder Burial Vault in Greyfriars with his first wife.

His eldest son by his first wife was:

John Lauder of Newington, later Sir John Lauder of Fountainhall, 1st Bt.(cr.1688) He is called “sister's son” in George Ramsay of Polton's Testament, dated 25th April 1646. (See also: Remarks upon Scotch Peerage Law by John Riddell, Esq., advocate. Edinburgh, 1833, p.204.) He is also mentioned in his mother's testament. He was a merchant-burgess (1636) and Baillie (Magistrate) of Edinburgh (refer: The Privy Council Registers of Scotland edited by P.Hume Brown, Edinburgh, 1908, p.61) and appears in many notices. In September 1670 the future Lord Fountainhall related how, with his father, they travelled to the Merse to see the Laird of Idingtoun [George Ramsay] at Edington, near Chirnside, Berwickshire. About 1672 he registered his Arms, recorded by the Lord Lyon as “a descendant of a second son of Lauder of that ilk [sic], which Arms conform to those of his progenitors” (refer: A System of Heraldry by Alexander Nisbet, Edinburgh, 1722, vol.1, pps:343-4, 432). He was industrious and became very rich, purchasing the significant estate of Newington, south of Edinburgh, and, in 1681, the estate of Woodhead, etc., in Haddingtonshire, which he renamed Fountain Hall (as per his son’s early bookplates) or more precisely Fountainhall which was erected into a feudal barony for him.

He married thrice: firstly, November 20, 1639, Margaret (or Marion) (1618-1643), daughter of James Spiers & his spouse Catherine Curie, by whom he had four children. Secondly, July 17, 1645, Isabel (1628-1669), daughter of Alexander Ellis of Mortonhall, nr.Liberton, Edinburghshire, by his spouse Elizabeth, daughter of Nicol Edward, Dean of Guild and a merchant-burgess of Edinburgh. They had seventeen children. Isabel was interred in the Lauder burial vault in Greyfriars.

His third wife was Margaret (d. circa April 1717), daughter of the aforementioned George Ramsay of Edington (cadet of Dalhousie), by whom he had a further five children.  

Of his children by Isobel Ellis, notable are:

William (1652-1724) read medicine at Leyden University and became one of the original 21 Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) in 1681. His father settled his Newington estate upon him. He married Catherine Broun (d.1698). Of their three known children one was the infamous William Lauder, Teacher of Humanities at Edinburgh University. He acquired a high college character for talent and scholarship, and, devoting himself to teaching for a livelihood, was, in 1734, employed by Professor Watt to conduct his humanities classes during his illness. In 1738 William issued proposals to print, by subscription, a collection of Sacred Poems, which were published in 1739 by Ruddiman in 2 volumes under the title of Poetarum Scotorum Musae Sacrae, today a well-known work of Scottish literature. Unfortunately he became involved in a literary scandal over Milton and his reputation was ruined. He went abroad and for some time taught at a school in Barbados, where he is also said to have owned a hotel, and died about 1771. He had married at Edinburgh 22nd April 1733 Janet (c.1712-1782), daughter of Robert McLellan of Summerhall, with two known children.

Colin (1659-1690) who became a merchant-burgess of Edinburgh, but died young, aged just 30. He had married in 1682 Elizabeth, daughter of William St.Clair (1633-c1700) of Carfrae, Berwickshire, brother of Sir John St.Clair (1632-1666) of Herdmanston in Haddingtonshire, father of Henry St.Clair, 10th Lord Sinclair (1660-1723).

Colin and Elizabeth nevertheless had nine children, two of whom became notable medical doctors and another two merchant-burgesses of Edinburgh.

George (1660-1716) who was invested in his grandfather Andrew’s holdings at Melville Mill, Lasswade, and had fourteen children.

Their fifteenth child, Andrew (b.1665) became a Writer (solicitor).

The children by John Lauder’s third wife, Margaret Ramsay, were:

(1) George Lauder of Edington, Berwickshire (1673 - suicide April 1700, s.p.)

(2) Dr. Archibald Lauder of Edington, a ship’s surgeon, who died aged 25, s.p.)

(3)  David Lauder of Huntlywood, Berwickshire, Advocate (b. Dec 1681). He married Marion, sister of Sir John Maxwell of Pollock, 2nd Bt., and died aged 48, leaving two daughters, who both married well.

(4) Margaret Lauder (b.1671) who married in 1696 John Fairholme of Baberton, Advocate, with issue. (Baberton House still stands.)

(5) Elizabeth Lauder (1676-1733), who married John Cunningham of Bogangreen, Coldingham, and Woodhall. (Bogangreen House still stands.)

The 1st Baronet’s eldest son and heir was

Sir John Lauder of Fountainhall, 2nd Bt., Lord Fountainhall, (1646-1722) the celebrated jurist, whose voluminous memorials of legal matters are still consulted today by his profession, of which most are today in the Faculty of Advocates’ Library.  A biography of him which runs to seven full pages appears in A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen (edited by Robert Chambers, and revised by the Rev. Thomas Thomson, Glasgow, Edinburgh & London, 1859. 4 vols.) The Scottish History Society also engaged Donald Crawford, Sheriff of Aberdeen, Kincardine, and Banff, to edit the Journals of Sir John Lauder, Lord Fountainhall, with his Observations on Public Affairs and other Memoranda 1665-1676 (published at the Edinburgh University Press in 1900). He studied at Edinburgh University where he graduated with a M.A. in Law on 18th July, 1664. The next year he went to France to study and on 27th September 1666 he entered Leyden University in Holland to continue his education. He was admitted an Advocate on 5th June, 1668; knighted in 1681; elected as Member of Parliament for Haddingtonshire in 1685 (which he served until 1707); in 1687 he was elected a Burgess of Edinburgh. On 1st November 1689 he was created a Lord of Session taking the title Lord Fountainhall. Fourteen months later he was appointed a Lord of Justiciary. Professor Forbes’s ‘Preface’ to the Journal of the Session (a rare 1714 book) described Fountainhall thus: “the public and private character of this excellent judge are now so well known….he is universally learned and knowing.”

He is said to have spent about half his time at Fountainhall and took much interest in the management of the property, recording how pleased he was to be made a Justice of the Peace of the county in 1683. An Episcopalian, he opposed King James VII’s proposals to relax the penal laws against Roman Catholics, and saw Catholics and Presbyterians together as troublesome citizens. He spoke in parliament against the 1707 Union. He died 20th September 1722 at Edinburgh and was interred in the Lauder burial vault in Greyfriars on the 23rd.

His first wife was Janet, daughter of Sir Andrew Ramsay of Abbotshall, 1st Bt., Lord Abbotshall, by his spouse, Janet (1652-1686), daughter of James Craw of Gunsgreen, Berwickshire (an estate subsequently purchased by Robert Lauder in Tyninghame). She was interred in the Lauder burial vault in Greyfriars. They had nine children. He married secondly, Marion, daughter of the Reverend John Anderson of Balram & Dysart. She survived her husband by whom a further six children were born.

Of Sir John’s children by his first marriage,

John, 3rd Baronet.

Janet married Charles Congaltoun of that Ilk.
Isobel married Thomas Scott of Mallenie.
Andrew became an advocate and married in 1711 at Pencaitland, Christian Anderson.

By His Lordship’s second wife, a daughter Helen who married George Ogilvy, 4th Lord Banff, with issue.

We return to Lord Fountainhall’s eldest child by his first marriage:

Sir John Lauder of Fountainhall, 3rd Bt., born at Edinburgh in 1669 and died at Fountainhall in February 1728. He was very active in civic affairs and was elected a burgess of Aberdeen (1701), Edinburgh (1702) North Berwick (1702) Elgin (1714), and Forres (1715). He married Margaret, daughter of Sir Alexander Seton of Pitmedden, Lord Pitmedden, 1st Bt., by his wife Margaret, daughter of William Lauder, Clerk of Council & Session, and had seven children including the 4th and 5th baronets, the former dying unmarried aged 32. Sir John and his wife Margaret were both interred in the Lauder burial vault in Greyfriars, Edinburgh.

Sir Andrew Lauder of Fountainhall, 5th Bt. (1702-1769). He took a great interest in local and county affairs and was elected a Burgess of the Royal Burgh of Lauder (1737) and Musselburgh (1739). He married his cousin Anne, daughter and heiress of Sir William Leslie Dick of Grange, in Edinburghshire, by his spouse Anne (1716-1758), daughter of Sir Alexander Seton of Pitmedden, Lord Pitmeddon, 1st Bt., a descendant of the 1st Lord Gordon. By this marriage Sir Andrew acquired the Grange estate, which would occupy much of his time in his closing years. By his wife he had 18 children. Sir Andrew was interred in the Lauder vault inside Greyfriars, Edinburgh. His eldest surviving son,

William (1739-1763) was an officer in the Honourable East India Company’s Bengal Army (refer: List of the Officers of The Bengal Army, 1758-1834 by Major V.C.P.Hodson, 1945) who had married Helen, daughter of John Adam, the Headmaster of Falkirk Grammar School. William died in Calcutta two years after his marriage.

The next son, John, died in Spain in 1757 fighting the French.

There were seven other sons (unresearched) but the third but eldest surviving son was:

Sir Andrew Dick Lauder of Fountainhall, 6th Bt. (1743-1820) He was served heir to his parents in 1769 and 1779 respectively, adding his mother’s surname as an additional surname to his own, firstly as Lauder Dick and then later as Dick Lauder. (There is no evidence that a hyphen was inserted, and the current Baronet only refers to himself as Lauder.) Sir Andrew was a keen antiquarian.

In the National Archives (GD41/156) there is a copy Letter from Lord Adam Gordon, Prestonhall, to Sir Andrew Lauder Dick, Bt., acknowledging that Gordon has a servitude on the lands of Muttonhole to take lime from the quarry there only on tolerance of said Sir Andrew, dated 20th November 1771. Also (GD41/157) there is an Account of Sir Andrew Lauder Dick of Fountainhall for feu and blench duties of lands of Easter Templehall, the acres called Parisflat and Vicarsfauld and lands of Templehall and Todhouse, dated 18th July 1772. It is interesting to note that in Sir Andrew’s many legal dealings (especially grants of tacks, 1783-1788) that his solicitor was George Cumin, W.S. As with his predecessors Sir Andrew was active in civic affairs. Between 1770 and February 1794 he spent 500 of his own money to upgrade the county roads south of the Tyne, which were in “a bad state”, and the reports state that “a similar expenditure may be expected from him for the future.”

He also upgraded the roads on his own estate. (Refer: The Statistical Account of Scotland 1781-1799 edited by Sir John Sinclair, vol.ii, The Lothians (reprint 1975, p.552).

Sir Andrew married in 1783 (when he was aged 40), Elizabeth (d. Jan 1787), eldest daughter of Thomas Broun, Esq., of Johnstonburn, Haddingtonshire (1736-1818) by his wife Agnes, daughter of John Hamilton of Grange, Linlithgowshire & his wife Jean Stuart, daughter of Lord Blairhall. Sir Andrew died in Fountainhall Manor, some 33 years after his wife. Both are interred in the Lauder burial vault inside Greyfriars, Edinburgh. This vault had now reached capacity, and was sealed; a plaque marks the entrance today. (Refer: Monumental Inscriptions in Greyfriars by James Brown, Edinburgh, 1864, pps: 301 – 302.) He had a daughter Agnes, who died young, and

Sir Thomas Dick Lauder of Fountainhall, 7th Bt., (1784-1848) their only son, was named after his maternal grandfather. In 1808 he married Charles Anne, daughter of the abovementioned George Cumin of Relugas, Moray, W.S., (d.1804) his father’s legal agent. Following his service in the Cameronian Highlanders, he resided at Relugas till 1832, when he removed to the Grange House, near Edinburgh, which he proceeded to lovingly restore. Although he mentions Fountainhall in many of his writings it is clear it was either shut up or let for some while during his lifetime. His illustrious life’s work is well documented and can be seen in numerous books and journals and I shall not repeat it here. Of his eleven children, only his eldest son and heir had male issue. Of his daughters five died unmarried, with another not marrying until she was 42 (d.s.p.). His second son, George died one month after his marriage.

Of the other daughters,

Charlotte Gordon (1818-1848) married 23rd September, 1840, at South Leith, Alexander Mitchell-Innes of Parsons Green, Midlothian, an armiger, who would inherit additional paternal estates including Ayton Castle, Berwickshire. Following their marriage Alexander and Charlotte were residing at Ormiston Hall, near Fountainhall.

Julia Jane (1823-1911), married 26th January 1841 at South Leith, Alexander’s brother, Thomas Shairp Mitchell-Innes of Phantassie, East Lothian (1813-1892) having a son and two daughters.

Madelena (1825-1885) married Colonel William John Wilson, H.E.I.C. Magistrate in Madras.

Sir Thomas himself eventually succumbed to a cancerous tumour on his spine and was buried in the new Dick Lauder Tomb, Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh, Midlothian.

His eldest son,

Sir John Dick Lauder, 8th Bt. (1813-1867) married 22nd May 1845 at St.Cuthberts Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Anne, daughter of North Hamilton Dalrymple, 9th Earl of Stair, of Oxenfoord Castle, nr.Pathhead, Midlothian, (where a portrait of Sir Thomas Dick Lauder is to be found). They had seven children. He was a magistrate and Depute-lieutenant of Midlothian. Sir John served for two years in the Portuguese liberating army; and twelve years in the Hon. East India Company's Bengal Army.  Between 1809 and 1834, no fewer than 860 officers of the H.E.I.C.S. came from the 20 principal English Public Schools, including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Rugby, Charterhouse, Westminster etc., with 317 Scots entering in the same period coming from top Scottish seats of learning. Hodson states: There are “few families of the upper and upper-middle-classes who could not claim a close connexion with the H.E.I.C.” (Refer: “India Office Records” by Major V.C.P. Hodson, in The Genealogists’s Magazine vol.6, no. 5, March 1833, pps:200, 208.) His eldest son, Sir Thomas North Dick Lauder, 9th Baronet (1846-1919, died unm.), was born in The Grange manor, Edinburgh, but the other six children were all born at Fountainhall Manor and baptised at Pencaitland:

John Edward Arthur (1848-1913) a tea-planter who managed the Diyahama Estate, Agrapat[a]nas, Ceylon. He married 14th October, 1873, Rose, daughter of Charles Henry Caldecott, MLC, Cape Colony. They had three daughters.

Stair (1853-1945) Secretary of a Gentlemans’ club, he married 2nd September 1878, Eleanor Alma (d.1942) daughter of George Gordon Browne Leith, of Ancaster, Canada. Stair died at 8 Rosebery Crescent, Edinburgh, Midlothian, without issue.

Margaret Louisa (1847-1928) married in 1878 Arthur Charles van Notten-Pole, Captain in the13th Hussars. Their daughter, Margaret Florence (1879-1951) married 28th July, 1904, at St. Barnabas Church of England, Pimlico Road, Belgravia, London, David William Milne-Home of Wedderburn & Paxton in Berwickshire, leaving two daughters.

Charlotte Anne (1849-1936) married (firstly) 1st March 1875 in St.Mary's Episcopal Church, Dalkeith, Midlothian, John Fletcher Hathorn of Castle Wigg, co.Wigton, D.L.,J.P. (1839-1888) with two children. She remarried Francis Sommerville Head (1846-1941), a Justice of the Peace for Herefordshire.

Catherine Seton (1850-1932) married 2nd August 1871 at St.John's Episcopal Chapel, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Stewart James Charles Duckett of Russellstown Park, county Carlow, DL (1847-1915).

The next in line was:

Sir George William Dalrymple Dick Lauder, 10th Bt. (1852-1936) born at Fountainhall and baptised at Pencaitland. He married in 1882 at Mussoorie, Bengal, India, Jane Emily Clifford (1859-1921), daughter of William Philip Woodward, of the Indian Civil Service. At the time of the birth and baptism of his son and heir, John (1883-1958) 11th Bt., George and his wife were residing at Sultanpur in India. George's occupation given in the baptismal registers of Christ Church, Mussoorie, India, was in the Indian Government’s "Opium Department" (an uncovenanted service). However, according to Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage for 1935, Sir George Dick Lauder had been formerly in the Indian Civil Service and this may have been later in his career. He was still in India in 1914 when his son & heir, John, married that year at Lucknow. John was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Indian Army.

In Scotland Sir George lived with his wife at Gorton House, Hawthornden, Edinburgh, and was a member of the New Club, Edinburgh. (Refer: Who was Who 1916-1928). He then owned Fountainhall, two further residences in Edinburgh, The Grange House (manor), and 16 Regent Terrace, and he also became the owner of Villa Lauder, 16 via St Leonardo, Florence, Italy, where his unmarried brother, the 9th baronet, whom he succeeded, had died in 1919. Faced with huge Death Duties at almost 70 years of age, he sold Fountainhall in the early 1920s to meet them. Sir George was the last of his family to hold as proprietor and feudal baron the lands and manor house of Grange, Edinburgh, which the Edinburgh city council required for the relentless urban sprawl. His heir had huge death duties to meet upon Sir George’s death and The Grange House, restored by Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, was sold to developers and demolished for housing. (See: The Weekly Scotsman newspaper, Edinburgh, 1936.) His only son and heir was:

Sir John North Dalrymple Dick Lauder, 11th Bt., (born 22nd July 1883 at Sultanpur, India  - 19th September 1958 at White House, Nigg, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland) was educated at Malvern College, and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He became Lieutenant-Colonel of the 6th DCO Lancers, Indian Army, served in The Great War (mentioned in Despatches) and the North West Frontier in India. He married 24th February 1914 at Lucknow, Bengal, India, Phyllis (1894-1976) daughter of Brigadier-General Herbert Augustus Iggulden, C.I.E., by his spouse Ethel Horne Halliday. They had three children, David (unm), Patricia, and George.

Sir George Andrew Dick Lauder, 12th Bt., (born 17th November 1917, and died 11th August 1981 at Firth Mill House, Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland). He was educated at Stowe School and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He became a Major in the Black Watch Regiment, and served in the 1939-45 war in Palestine, Somaliland & Sudan, the Middle East; and Crete - while with the 52nd Middle East Commandos (where he was taken prisoner). In 1947 he was stationed in Cyprus, in 1951 in West Berlin, and in 1955-6 he was second-in-command of the Black Watch in British Guiana. He was author of Let Soldiers Lust and Our Man for Ganymede. He was a member of Puffins Club. He had two sons and two daughters. His sons are:

Sir Piers Robert Dick Lauder, 13th Bt., (b. 3rd October 1947 in the Civil Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus) Since 1974 he has been a programmer and Computer Systems Officer in the Basser Department of Computer Science at Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia. His main interests are in the areas of networking and operating systems. With Judy Kay he co-authored the Fair Share Scheduler, now being sold by Aurema under the name 'ARMTechShareExpress'. With Bob Kummerfeld he co-authored the Message Handling Systems network ('MHSnet') used, amongst others, by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Bob Kummerfeld and Piers Dick Lauder were jointly elected to the Australian Internet Hall of Fame in 1998. Piers is a founding member of AUUG, the Australian Unix and Open Systems User Group. He has twice been appointed Programme Chairman at AUUG Conferences in Sydney. He has taken leave from the university to work overseas on three separate occasions, twice at the invitation of Bell Laboratories to work in the lab that originated UNIX, and once at the invitation of UUNET to work in the burgeoning ISP business. Piers is currently an enthusiastic 'Python' language proponent.
(Info taken from The University of Sydney Website, 18th October 2001. He is unmarried and has no legitimate issue.

Mark Andrew Dick Lauder (b. 3rd May 1951 in the British Military Hospital, Berlin, Germany). On 16th May 1970 at the Roman Catholic Chapel, University of Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, Scotland, he married Jeanne, daughter of Bernard James Mullineaux by his wife Dorothy Mary Westhead. They divorced in 1982, having had a son, Martin (b.1976).

Mark lives in Devon and he and his son are the present heirs to the baronetcy.

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