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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.

From the guide to the David Laing: Bibliographical Notes and Specimens, c. 1858, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Epithet: Librarian of the Signet Library, Edinburgh

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Epithet: FSA (Scot.)

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Epithet: tobacconist, of London

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referencedIn Vol. III.includes:f. 2 John Dickinson; and Co., paper dealers: J. Martin's accompt: 1833.f. 4 Henry Adlard: J. Martin's accompt with: 1833-4.f. 5 Archibald Leighton, bookbinder: Letter to J. Martin: 1834.f. 6 Cotton: Letter to J. Martin: 1834... British Library
creatorOf David Laing: Bibliographical Notes and Specimens, c. 1858 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Vol. CCCLXV (ff. 371). 17-31 May 1844.Bank of England: Correspondence of Sir R. Peel rel. to the Bank Charter Act: 1844.includes:f. 1 Richard Plantagenet Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, Marquess of Chandos; 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Chan... British Library
referencedIn Vol. CLXXIII (ff. 309). 28 Nov. 1811-Aug. 1812.includes:ff. 1-34 George III of England: Papers conc. the Royal establishment during the Regency: 1811. ff. 1-34 Household, Royal: Papers conc. the royal establishment during the Regency: 1811. ff. 25,... British Library
referencedIn Vol. III (ff. 482). 1868, 1869.Robert Herrick, poet: Letters rel. to W. C. Hazlitt's edition of his works: 1869.Reverend Thomas Warton, the younger: Letters ref. to W. C. Hazlitt's edition of his History of English Poetry: 1868.William Browne, poet: ..., 1868-1869 British Library
referencedIn Transcripts and notes concerning the "Brown manuscript" of Scottish popular ballads, 1793-1920. Houghton Library
referencedIn Vol. I (ff. 329). 1814-1865.includes:f. 1 John Tupper Connell, Curate at St Margaret's, Westminster: Extract from register by: 1834. f. 1 William Hazlitt, the younger, Registrar of the Court of Bankruptcy: Register of his baptism, 1814. Copy: 1834. ..., 1814-1865 British Library
referencedIn Vol. IV (ff. 419). 1870-1873.Thomas Carew: Letters rel. to W. C. Hazlitt's; edition of his poems: 1870.Henry Huth, bibliophile: Letters to W. C. Hazlitt: 1867-1878.John Payne Collier: Letters to W. C. Hazlitt: 1863-1874, n.d.Alexander Ireland, writer..., 1870-1873 British Library
referencedIn Vol. II (ff. 509). 1866, 1867.Henry Huth, bibliophile: Letters to W. C. Hazlitt: 1867-1878.John Payne Collier: Letters to W. C. Hazlitt: 1863-1874, n.d.Alexander Ireland, writer: Letters to W. C. Hazlitt: 1866-1887.includes:ff. 1, 18, 28, 228, 461 Wi..., 1866-1867 British Library
referencedIn Vol. XVI (ff. 159). Undated.includes:f. 1 Thomas Buchanan, descendant of George Buchanan: Letter to Dr. Roberts: n.d. f. 3 Miss A-Cazenove: Letter to W. C. Hazlitt: n.d. f. 5 Thomas Edward Child, scholar of Wadham College, Oxford: Letter to W. C. ..., 1814-1913 British Library
referencedIn Peter Noble Collection, 1943-1951 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
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