Lauder Baronets

Lauder Baronets

There has been one baronetcy granted to the Lauder family. The baronetcy of Lauder of Fountainhall, Haddingtonshire, was created for John Lauder, last surviving male representative of the Lauders of that Ilk, a rich merchant-burgess and sometime Treasurer and baillie of the City of Edinburgh, and an armiger. He purchased (before 1672) the estate of Newington, Edinburgh, and subsequently (10 June 1681) the lands of Woodhead and Templehall near Pencaitland, which along with others in Edinburghshire and Haddingtonshire, were erected by Crown charter into the feudal barony of Fountainhall on 13 August 1681.

John Lauder was created a baronet in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 17 July 1688.[1][2] The first Letters Patent was successfully contested by his eldest surviving son, Lord Fountainhall, and "reduced"[3], and a second Patent with a new destination issued, dated 25 January 1690; the first Patent was formally annulled in 1692.[4]


Lauder Baronets of Fountainhall, Haddingtonshire

  1. Sir John Lauder, 1st Baronet (died 1692)
  2. Sir John Lauder, Lord Fountainhall, 2nd Baronet (1646–1722)
  3. Sir John Lauder, 3rd Baronet (1669–1728)
  4. Sir Alexander Lauder, 4th Baronet (1698–1730)
  5. Sir Andrew Lauder, 5th Baronet (1702–1769)
  6. Sir Andrew Dick-Lauder, 6th Baronet (28 April 1743 –18 November 1820) was born in St Cuthbert's parish, Edinburgh, and died at Fountainhall manor, near Pencaitland, East Lothian. He is interred in the Lauder family vault within Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh. On 28 May 1777 he was served heir to his mother Isobel (née Dick), wife of Sir Andrew Lauder, 5th Baronet, which inheritance included the barony of The Grange, Edinburgh. At some point Sir Andrew Lauder assumed the additional surname of Dick, and for some time was known as Sir Andrew Lauder Dick, but thereafter Dick Lauder. There has continued to the present day some debate as to whether the surname was ever legally hyphenated or whether it was intended both surnames would be used, as in Bruce Lockhart. Sir Andrew's son and heir, Sir Thomas, never used the hyphen, and the present baronet, Sir Piers, only uses the surname Lauder. On 10 October 1783, Sir Andrew married Elizabeth (d. 20 January 1787), daughter of Thomas Broun of Johnstonburn, East Lothian. They had two children: Agnes, baptised at Pencaitland on 7 September 1785, and their son and heir, Sir Thomas Dick Lauder
  7. Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, 7th Baronet (1784–1848)
  8. Sir John Dick-Lauder, 8th Baronet (1813–1867)
  9. Sir Thomas North Dick-Lauder, 9th Baronet (1846–1919)
  10. Sir George William Dalrymple Dick-Lauder, 10th Baronet (1852–1936)
  11. Sir John North Dalrymple Dick-Lauder, 11th Baronet (1883–1958)
  12. Sir George Dick-Lauder, 12th Baronet (17 November 1917 – 11 August 1981)
  13. Sir Piers Robert Dick Lauder, 13th Baronet, born 3 October 1947 at Nicosia, Cyprus, where his father Sir George Andrew Dick-Lauder, 12th Baronet was an officer serving in the British Army. From 1974 until 2006, Lauder (who only uses the surname Lauder) was a programmer and Computer Systems Officer in the Basser Department of Computer Science at Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia.[5][6] His main interests are in the areas of networking and operating systems. With Judy Kay he co-authored the Fair Share Scheduler, now being sold by Aurema under the name "ARMTechShareExpress". With Professor Robert (Bob) Kummerfeld he co-authored the Message Handling Systems network ("MHSnet") used, amongst others, by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Professor Kummerfeld and Piers Lauder were jointly elected to the Australian Internet Hall of Fame in 1998. Sir Piers Lauder is a founding member of AUUG, the Australian Unix and Open Systems User Group. He has twice been appointed Programme Chairman at AUUG Conferences in Sydney and has taken leave from the university to work overseas on three separate occasions, twice at the invitation of Bell Laboratories to work in the lab that originated UNIX, and once at the invitation of UUNET to work in the burgeoning ISP business. He is an enthusiastic proponent of the Python programming language. He has by his partner Jane Elix, a natural child, Angus Thomas Lauder Elix (b. 1996). They also have a foster-daughter, Akira Crease. The heir presumptive to the baronetcy is Sir Piers's brother, Mark Andrew Dick Lauder, b. 3 May 1951, British Military Hospital, Berlin.

Dick-Lauder Coat of arms


  • Quarterly: for Lauder (Lord Fountainhall's Arms of 1699), 1st and 4th: Gules, a griffin rampant within a bordure, Argent; and for Dick, 2nd and 3rd Argent, a fesse, wavy, Azure, between three mullets, Gules.


  • 1st (for Lauder), a tower, with portcullis down, and the head and shoulders of a sentinel appearing above the battlements, in a watching posture, Proper; 2nd (for Dick) A stag’s head, erased, Proper, attired, Or.


  • Two lions rampant, Argent

Motto of the Arms

  • Ut migraturus habita

Mottos of the Crests

  • (Lauder) Turris prudentia custos
  • (Dick) Virtute


  1. ^ Brown, Peter, publisher, The Peerage of Scotland", Edinburgh, 1834: 218
  2. ^ Anderson, William, The Scottish Nation, Edinburgh, 1867, 630
  3. ^ Cockayne, G.E.C., edited by the Hon. Vicary Gibbs, The Complete Peerage, vol.1, London, 1910, p.222 and notes, on the reduction in the case of the Earl of Arran. G.E.C., cites Hewlett's Jurisprudence, p.24, where the absolute supremacy of the Court of Session in adjudicating on Scottish Peerages is recognised, and where it is stated that "There can be no doubt that, on sufficient cause, the Court of Session had jurisdiction."
  4. ^ Stewart-Smith, J., The Grange of St. Giles, Edinburgh, 1898: 293; and 403 - 406 for Lord Fountainhall's own Memorandum anent the Patent and Court action
  5. ^ "University of Sydney Web Site". 3 December 2006. 
  6. ^ "on-line bio". 
  • The Royal Families of England, Scotland, and Wales, with their Descendants, etc., by Messrs, John and John Bernard Burke, London, 1851, vol.2, pedigree CLXXIII.
  • Monumental Inscriptions in Greyfriars Churchyard, by James Brown, Edinburgh, 1864, pps: 301 - 302, gives the burial vault within the church of the family of Lauder of Lauder, and all who are contained therein.
  • The Peerage & Baronetage of the British Empire by Sir Bernard Burke, London, 32nd edition, 1870, under 'Lauder', pps:662-3.
  • Townend, Peter, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage, & Knightage, 105th edition, London, 1970, p. 1545.
  • Mosley, Charles, Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th edition, Crans, Switzerland, 1999, p. 843, ISBN 1-57958-083-1
  • This page incorporates information from Leigh Rayment's Baronetage Page which has further dates on it, not shown above.

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