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Diaries of John Laing in India and Europe

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 21

Scope and Contents

Diaries with inserted photographs, drawings and other items.


  • Creation: 1873-10-18 - 1875-01-23


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Biographical / Historical

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.


2 volume(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 11 V

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. I.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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


This collection level description was created by RAS and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Laing in Joseph Foster, 'Alumni Oxonienses', 1715-1886, L-R (Oxford 1888), p. 809.


Laing, John William, b c 1846

Includes index.
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