David Laing: Bibliographical Notes and Specimens

Scope and Content

Bibliographical notes and specimens compiled by Laing while librarian of the Signet Library, Edinburgh.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Laing (1793-1878), antiquary, was born in Edinburgh on 20 April 1793, son of William Laing, an Edinburgh bookseller. He attended Canongate Grammar School and Edinburgh University, before becoming a partner in his father's business in 1821. He was secretary of the Bannatyne Club, 1823-1861, and was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1826. He was made librarian of the Signet Library in 1837. Laing edited old Scottish ballads, metrical romances and many antiquarian works. He died at Portobello on 18 October 1878.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1920.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entries on Laing in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XI (London, 1909), pp. 401-402.

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