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Lauder Name Study

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Date: 31 May 2018 [unknown]
Location: Scotlandmap
Surnames/tags: Lauder Lawder de Lawedre
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Please contact the project leader Gregory Lauder-Frost or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


Gregory Lauder-Frost has been engaged in research on the LAUDER family project for 40 years.

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Task List

To trace as many people with the Lauder surname (and variants of it) to identify whether they are part of the bigger wider family wherever possible.


  • The Lauder tartan appeared in the Vestiarium Scoticum amongst the 'bordour clanns.' It can also be found in The Tartans of the Clans and Septs of Scotland by W. & A. K. Johnston, Edinburgh, 1906.
  • The Bass Rock (several contributing learned scholars, Edinburgh, 1848) says: "the earliest proprietors of the island on record were the ancient family of the Lauders, who, from this, were usually designated the Lauders of the Bass. The island continued in the possession of this ancient family for about five centuries."
  • Lauder and Lauderdale by A. Thomson, F.S.A. Scot., Galashiels 1902, states that "Hugo de Morville (d.1162) had territory in Lauderdale but it terminated a few miles above Earlston, and did not extend to the Merse. Those properties eventually passed to the Douglases. The Lauders of that Ilk were the earlier family at least residentially."
  • Lauder: a Series of Papers by Robert Romanes, C.A.,1903.
  • The Scottish Nation by William Anderson, vol.vi, Edinburgh 1867 (reprint), p.629, states: LAUDER, a surname said to have been originally de Lawedre. The first of the name is stated to have been one of those Anglo-Norman barons who accompanied Malcolm Canmore to Scotland in 1056 [sic], and obtained from that monarch certain grants of land, particularly in Berwickshire, to which he gave his own name, being also invested with the hereditary bailieship of Lauderdale." Anderson continues, adding "the family of Lauder were the earliest proprietors on record of the island of the Bass, in the Firth of Forth, and were usually designated the Lauders of the Bass."
  • Notes on Historical References to the Scottish Family of Lauder by James Young, Glasgow, 1884. Good but not always accurate.
  • The Grange of St. Giles, Edinburgh, 1898. A good but not always accurate history of the Lauders.
  • "Lauder Arms" by Gregory Lauder-Frost, F.S.A. Scot., in The Double Tressure, Scottish Heraldry Society, Edinburgh, no.29, 2007, pps:20-39. ISSN 0-141-237-X
  • The Great Seal of Scotland, published edition, 1306-1659 in eleven volumes.
  • The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland, published editions, 1545 till about 1700. Many volumes containing from trivial to very serious legal cases, including feuds.
  • The Register of the Privy Seal of Scotland, 16th century, many volumes. More legal papers.
  • The Register of Sasines from circa 1600. Many volumes, all in alphabetical order. Land records.

Surname variants

  • de Lavedre (it is almost certain the v is the written Latin substitute for a 'u' or 'w')
  • de Lauuedre
  • de Lawedre (probably the most common form until the later 15th century)
  • de Lawdre
  • Lawidr
  • Lawdir
  • Lauther
  • de Lawder
  • The de was dropped at various points in the second half of the 15th century.
  • Lawedre
  • Lawder
  • Lauder (the most common spelling from, say, 1500 onwards.

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Hi Gregory et all... I see there has been some good collaborations made on the LAUDER lines.. I have been busy detailing several branches of the Dr Colin Lauder (surgion) and down... (together with a lot of the IRish LAWDER lines ) would be good to try and nit them together on this forumn...if it is indeed both DNA and Sourced Document driven. love to join and add a few hundred lauders...
posted by Dan Lauder