Diaries of John Laing in India and Europe

Scope and Content

Diaries with inserted photographs, drawings and other items.

Administrative / Biographical History

John William Laing was born around 1846, the second son of James Laing of Glasgow. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, on 7 June 1865, aged 19. He was made a S.C.L. and B.A. at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, in 1872, and that year received an M.A. from Christ Church. Laing left London for a tour of India on 26 June 1873, and reached Bombay via the Cape in October of that year. He also travelled in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Fred Yeomans, Victoria, B.C., through Colonel Eric Parker, Hon. Sec. of the Vancouver Island Branch R.C.S., June 1975.


Includes index.

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Additional Information

This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Laing, John William, b c 1846