Francis Laing Scotland England Malta

Biography of Francis Laing

Francis Laing was born at Edinburgh on 1 May 1773, son of Alexander, an architect. Laing studied at the University of Edinburgh 1789-90 and 1792-93, and the University of Glasgow in 1794, taking a Physics class under John Anderson. He was Snell Exhibitioner in 1796, and went on to graduate BA from Oxford in 1799 and MA in 1801. He took Holy Orders, becoming Reverend Francis Laing.

In 1803 Laing served as Private Secretary to the Governor of Malta, and was shortly afterwards appointed Secretary to the Government of the Island, a post which he held till 1814.

Returning to the UK, Laing was Rector of Llanmaes, Glamorgan from 1814 to 1824, and Rector of Humshaugh, Northumberland, from 1820 to 1832. He died at the Mythe, Tewkesbury, on 24 November 1861.


Archival Materials

  • W Innes Addison, The matriculation albums of the University of Glasgow from 1728 to 1858, p.177


Francis Laing
Born 1 May 1773.
Died 24 November 1861.
GU Degree: Arts, 1794;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: civil servants; clergy
English snippet: Student at the University of Glasgow 1794, Secretary to the Government of Malta 1803
Record last updated: 24th Apr 2014

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Edinburgh
Place of Birth

England England, Tewkesbury
Place of Death

Malta Malta, No Region

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student