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David Laing

Laing, David (1793–1878). Antiquary, son of a bookseller in Edinburgh, with whom he was in partnership until his appointment, in 1837, as librarian of the Signet Library. He ed. many of the publications of the Bannatyne Club, of which he was secretary (1823–61). He was also Honorary Prof. of Antiquities to the Royal Scottish Academy. Among the more important works which he ed. were Baillie’s Letters and Journals (1841–2), John Knox’s Works (1846–64), and the poems of Sir D. Lyndsay, Dunbar, and Henryson.

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