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Looking for John Laing of Arbroath Scotland

Query by Barrymore

I have a copy of the army discharge papers for my gg grandfather John Laing. According to those papers he was born in Arbroath in 1793. I haven't been able to find any further information on him.

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on 2013-08-25 04:47:55

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by noggin on 2013-08-25 06:04:30

Do you know if John had any sisters? These are the only two I could find between 1790-1800

Margaret Laing
Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
birth: 10 October 1794
christening: 18 October 1794 ARBROATH,ANGUS,SCOTLAND
father: John Laing
mother: Mary Nicoll

Isabel Laing
Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
birth: 9 November 1792
christening: 11 November 1792 ARBROATH,ANGUS,SCOTLAND
father: John Laing
mother: Mary Nicoll

by Barrymore on 2013-08-25 19:26:58

Thank you for the response. I have no idea if there were any sisters. I have one other distant relative in the UK who may have some info. I will enquire and post another reply. The dates and place certainly look promising!

by Barrymore on 2013-11-13 03:01:55

I haven't been able to confirm either way if these ladies are sisters of my ancestor John Laing. My relative in the UK has no info as this is the first he's heard of them.
I wonder why the girls baptisms were recorded but not the male in between?
Thank you again for your help

by asheppard on 2013-11-13 19:38:47

Have you tried Scotlands People site, it shows three John Laing's born between 1790 & 1795 in Angus County.

He may not have been born in Arbroath, but close by, the family may have moved for work. Does the discharge papers give you any idea on his occupation before his discharge, usually they followed the fathers occupation, which might help narrow him down.

by Barrymore on 2013-11-13 22:19:55

Thank you for that idea. Yes he's listed as a book binder on his discharge papers so he may have been apprenticed before he joined the army (at age 16)as I'd be surprised if he learnt that trade in the army!

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