The Nuttall Encyclopedia
De plume of Rev. John Watson), born in Essex, of Scottish parents; studied in Edinburgh; was minister of the Free Church in Logiealmond and in Glasgow, and translated to Sefton Park Presbyterian Church, Liverpool, In 1880; wrote a series of idylls entitled "Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush," and a second series entitled "The Days of Auld Lang Syne"; both had a large circulation, and a number of other works, religious as well as fictitious; b . 1850.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'MacLaren, Ian'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/maclaren-ian.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.