Alan de Lauder, 1st of Haltoun

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Alan de Lauder

Also Known As: "Alan de Lawedre of The Bass", "Whitslaid", "and Haltoun", "Alan de Lauder of that Ilk"
Birthplace: Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
Death: March 20, 1407
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Robert de Lauder, of Quarrelwood and Elizabeth de Lauder
Husband of Alicia Campbell
Father of Robert Lauder of The Bass, I and Alexander Lauder, Hatton
Brother of Anne de Lawedre; William de Lawedre, Snr. of Burgh Muir and Mariotta de Lawedre

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About Alan de Lauder, 1st of Haltoun

Alan de Lauder, 1st of Haltoun was the son of Robert Lauder of Quarrelwood and The Bass.1

He married, firstly, Alicia Campbell, daughter of Sir Colin Campbell of Lochow and Helena de Levenax of Lennox.1 He married, secondly, Elizabeth (?) before 26 October 1372.2 He died before 20 March 1406/7.2

Child of Alan de Lauder, 1st of Haltoun and Alicia Campbell

  1. Robert Lauder of the Bass+3 b. c 1350, d. b 24 Jun 1425

Children of Alan de Lauder, 1st of Haltoun and Elizabeth (?)

  1. George Lauder of Haltoun2 b. c 1373, d. c 1430
  2. Sir Alexander Lauder of Haltoun+1 b. a 1374, d. b Jun 1434


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Only a fraction of the archival evidence for this Alan de Lawedre is presented here. In numerous books he is stated to be "Sir Alan"[1][2]. In fact there is no primary evidence whatsoever to show that he was ever knighted. In many charters he appears in, knights are specifically given that designation, but he is not.

Amongst the Manuscripts of the Duke of Hamilton, there is a document written by William 1st Earl of Douglas (c1327-1384), who describes Alan de Lawedre as the second son of Sir Robert de Lawedre of Quarrelwood and Bass.[3] Anderson also gives Alan de Lawedre of Hatton [sic] as the son of Sir Robert Lauder of Quarrelwood.[4] Alan de Lawedre is described in various ancient documents as "of that Ilk" , "of Whitslaid," and, from July 1377, "of Haltoun". (In no legal documents at all is he given as "of the Bass".) Nisbet states that he is a descendant of Sir Robert de Lawedre, the Crusader.[5]

Alan married twice. Only one child by his first wife, Alicia Campbell, is known: Robert, upon whom The Bass estates were settled in fee by his grandfather Sir Robert de Lawedre of Quarrelwood & later of The Bass. By his second wife Elizabeth he had two known sons, George and Alexander. Alan also had an illegitimate son: Edward de Lawedre[32], Archdeacon of Lothian, &c., who appears much in the records.

There is a Precept by William, Earl of Douglas, Lord of the Regality of Lawedre, directing James de Sandilandis, as his bailie, to give infeftment to Alan de Lawedre and Elizabeth, his wife, in his tenement [of land] of Kydstoun in the sheriffdom of Berwick, dated 26th October 1372.[17] The History of Peebleshire (p.467), also mentions Alan's acquisition of Kidston in the parish of Peebles. Kidston would remain in the family's ownership until the 18th century. Also King Robert II confirmed other charters by William, Earl of Douglas, Lord of the regality of Lawedre, to Alan de Lawedre and Elizabeth, his wife, and the survivor of them and their heirs and assignees. 6th December 1372.[18] These charters are the first which mention Alan's second wife, Elizabeth. Findlater-Maxwell is confident that she is the daughter of John de Haltoun who had resigned Haltoun in 1377.[19]


    1. [S6286] Clan MacFarlane and associated clans genealogy, online Hereinafter cited as Clan MacFarlane.
    2. [S3178] Gregory Lauder-Frost, "re: Campbell-Renton Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 10 June 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Campbell-Renton Family."
    3. [S7529] WikiTree, online Hereinafter cited as WikiTree.
    1. "Lauder Arms" by Gregory Lauder-Frost, F.S.A., Scot., in The Double Tressure, journal of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, no.29, 2007, pps:20-39.
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Alan de Lauder, 1st of Haltoun's Timeline

Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
Bass Rock, North Berwick, E Lothian, Scotland
March 20, 1407
Age 77