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U of Edin. Lib. MS File La.IV.7.1 : Document 2
Personal Letter from Signature is scrawled - apparently James Ingram? Ruth?, M.A. Hay? Dated 30 June 5 (1835?)

Dear Sir:
I have enclosed the two sketches of Arms borne by the name of Laing one being described as from Ponts MS and the other from the M.S. of Q. Mary in the Advocates Library. The sketch as from Pont is by an ignorant(1) artist being arg: 3 piles sab: in point within a border which is not to be found in the Lyon copy of Pont. The Bearing of "Argent 3 piles sable conjoined in point" appears the oldest coat of arms that my researches have discovered for your name.

(1) ignorant - in this connotation, meaning an artist not recognized as having been tutored  in the traditions of heraldry. Apparently a border was added to the Arms of Laing without the required explanation.

This is the Laing tartan as recovered from the grave of George Henry Laing who died in 1853 in East Texas. George had moved to Texas from Liberty County adjacent to the Gaelic speaking community of Darien in Georgia. James, his grandfather, had moved to The North Carolina Scottish Colony of the Cape Fear River from Scotland some time between 1745 and 1765 bringing the sett with him. The relatively dry climate and local soil conditions are accredited with the remarkable preservation of sufficient portions of his great kilt to allow the reconstruction of the sett. The Laing Tartan has been adopted as the official Clan Laing Society tartan and is registered with the Scottish Tartans World Register as STWR No. 2801