The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A learned antiquary, profound in his knowledge of Scottish ecclesiastical and literary history, born, the son of bookseller, at Edinburgh, followed for thirty years his father's trade; was appointed to the charge of the Signet Library in 1837; was secretary to the Bannatyne Club, and in 1864 received the degree of LL.D. from Edinburgh University; he contributed many valuable papers to the Transactions of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland , collected and edited much of the ancient poetry of Scotland, and acquired a private library of manuscripts and volumes of great value (1799-1878).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Laing, David'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/l/laing-david.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.