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Arbroath Connections - Harry Lauder

Sir Harry Lauder - Singer and music hall entertainer.

Harry Lauder was born at Portobello, Edinburgh in 1870 at the home of his maternal grandfather, Henry McLennan. His mother was Isabella Urquhart MacLeod McLennan, who was born in Arbroath.
His father, John Lauder moved to Newbold, Derbyshire in 1882 to take up a job designing china. After only a short time in residence there, he died of pneumonia, and his widow Isabella moved to her brother's home in Arbroath with her five sons and two daughters. She was determined to continue Harry's education (it being then customary for children to find employment at the age of 11 or 12), and he worked part-time at the local flax mill until he was 16 in order to qualify to attend the school there.



Sir Harry wrote most of his own songs, favourites of which were Roamin' in the Gloamin', I Love a Lassie, A Wee Deoch-an-Doris, and Keep Right on to the End of the Road, which is used by Birmingham City Football Club as their club anthem.
He starred in three British films: Huntingtower (1928), Auld Lang Syne (1929) and The End of the Road (1936).


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