Sir George Dick-Lauder, 12th Baronet

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Sir George Andrew Dick Lauder, 12th Baronet of the Fountainhall creation (17 November 1917 - 11 August 1981), was a British author and soldier.

He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1958 on the death of his father Sir John North Dalrymple Dick-Lauder, 11th Baronet.


Dick-Lauder was educated at Stowe and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Originally of Fountainhall, his family sold that estate.


He served in the 1939-45 war in Palestine; East Africa; and the Middle East. He also served, with the 52nd Middle East Commandos, in Sudan and Crete (where taken prisoner). He entered the Black Watch Regiment as a lieutenant in 1937, and was promoted Major in 1945. He served in Cyprus and Berlin, where his two sons were born, and was promoted second-in-command of the Black Watch (1955 - 1956). He was then seconded as second-in command to the 11th battalion King's African Rifles in Nairobi (1957 - 1960). He retired from the British Army in 1960.

Marriage and death

He died at Firth Mill House, Roslin, Scotland, having married on 13 November 1945 Hester Marguerite, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel George Cecil Minett Sorel-Cameron, C.B.E. They had two sons and two daughters, Lauder being succeeded by his eldest son and heir Sir Piers Robert Dick-Lauder, 13th Baronet.


Lauder was the author of Skull and Two Crystals, Let Soldiers Lust, and Our Man for Ganymede. He was a member of Puffin's Club, Edinburgh, founded by his friend Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, 11th Baronet.


  • Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed, and Official Classes, London, 1962, p. 629.
  • Townend, Peter, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, 105th edition, London, 1970, p. 1545.
  • Debrett's Baronetage, London, 1971.
  • Mosley, Charles, editor, Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th edition, Crans, Switzerland, 1999, vol.1, p. 844. ISBN 1-57958-083-1
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
Sir John Dick-Lauder, 11th Baronet
(of Fountainhall)
Succeeded by
Sir Piers Lauder, 13th Baronet