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Lauder, Sir Thomas Dick

LAUDER, SIR THOMAS DICK, Bart. (1784-1848), Scottish author, only son of Sir Andrew Lauder, 6th baronet, was born at Edinburgh in 1784. He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1820. His first contribution to Blackwood's Magazine in 1817, entitled " Simon Roy, Gardener at Dunphail," was by some ascribed to Sir Walter Scott. His paper (1818) on " The Parallel Roads of Glenroy," printed in vol. ix. of the Transactions oj the Royal Society of Edinburgh, first drew attention to the phenomenon in question. In 1825 and 1827 he published two romances, Lochandhn and the Wolj of Badenoch. He became a frequent contributor to Black-wood and also to Tail's Magazine, and in 1 830 he published An A ccount of the Great Floods of A ugust 182(1 in the Province of Moray and adjoining Districts. Subsequent works were Highland Rambles, with Long Tales to Shorten the Way ( 2 vols. 8vo, 1837), Legendary Tales of the Highlands (3 vols. I2mo, 7841), Tour round the Coasts oj Scotland (1842) and Memorial oj the Royal Progress in Scotland (1843). Vol. i. of a Miscellany of Natural History, published in 1833, was also partly prepared by Lauder. He was a Liberal, a,nd took an active interest in politics; he held the office of secretary to the Board of Scottish Manufactures. He died on the 2gth of May 1848. An unfinished series of papers, written for Tail's Magazine shortly before his death, was published under the title Scottish Rivers, with a preface by John Brown, M.D., in 1874.

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