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).
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
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.)
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
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.
no.506.) According to Sir James
Balfour's Annals (vol.1)
and also Fordun's Scotichronicon
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.
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
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".
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,
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.,
Douglas's Peerage, Edinburgh, 1813)
de Lawedre, Bishop of Glasgow and Chancellor
of Scotland, &c., (d. Abt. 14th December, 1425, buried in St.
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
Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots’ Peerage, Adenda, vol.9, pps:
106-7, Edinburgh 1914.)
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).
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
(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
de Lawedre (d.before 1454) was heir of tailzie
[entail] to his brother George, but appears to have predeceased him.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lauder of that Ilk (d. c1464) had at
least three known sons:
William Lauder “brother-german of Oliver Lauder of that Ilk”
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,
(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.)
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
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,
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.)
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.)
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
(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.
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
(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.
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
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.
Robert Lauder of that Ilk (2) is also mentioned in copious official records.
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.
Robert Lauder of that Ilk was one of the jurors who sat upon the Retour
(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
(refer: National Archives of Scotland Deeds RD1/4, f.147)
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, vol.vi, 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.)
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
(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.
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]
(Refer: Calendar of Scottish Papers 1547 - 1603, edited by William K.
Boyd & Henry W. Meikle, Edinburgh, 1936, p.842.)
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
(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
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., vol.vi, 1599-1604, Edinburgh, 1884, pps: 690 & 693)
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., vol.vi, 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.
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.
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.”
owed to them by William Sinclair of Roslin; David Ramsay of
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
wife was Margaret (d. circa April 1717), daughter of the aforementioned
George Ramsay of Edington (cadet of Dalhousie), by whom he had a further
children by Isobel Ellis, notable are:
(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
(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).
Elizabeth nevertheless had nine children, two of whom became notable medical
doctors and another two merchant-burgesses of Edinburgh.
(1660-1716) who was invested in his grandfather Andrew’s holdings at
Melville Mill, Lasswade, and had fourteen children.
fifteenth child, Andrew (b.1665) became a Writer (solicitor).
children by John Lauder’s third wife, Margaret Ramsay, were:
Lauder of Edington, Berwickshire (1673 - suicide April 1700, s.p.)
Archibald Lauder of Edington, a ship’s surgeon, who died aged 25, s.p.)
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.
Margaret Lauder (b.1671) who married in 1696 John Fairholme of Baberton,
Advocate, with issue. (Baberton House still stands.)
Elizabeth Lauder (1676-1733), who married John Cunningham of Bogangreen,
Coldingham, and Woodhall. (Bogangreen House still stands.)
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
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.
John’s children by his first marriage,
John, 3rd Baronet.
married Charles Congaltoun of that Ilk.
Isobel married Thomas Scott of Mallenie.
Andrew became an advocate and married in 1711 at Pencaitland,
Lordship’s second wife, a daughter Helen who married George
Ogilvy, 4th Lord Banff, with issue.
to Lord Fountainhall’s eldest child by his first marriage:
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
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
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.
son, John, died in Spain in 1757 fighting the French.
seven other sons (unresearched) but the third but eldest surviving son was:
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
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
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.”
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).
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.
Monumental Inscriptions in Greyfriars by James Brown, Edinburgh, 1864,
pps: 301 – 302.) He had a daughter
Agnes, who died young, and
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.
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.
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
Madelena (1825-1885) married Colonel
William John Wilson, H.E.I.C. Magistrate in Madras.
himself eventually succumbed to a cancerous tumour on his spine and was
buried in the new Dick Lauder Tomb, Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh, Midlothian.
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.”
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:
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.
(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
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.
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
council required for the relentless
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.
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).
in Devon and he and his son are the present heirs to the baronetcy.