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Samuel Laing

Samuel Laing was a Scottish writer, born 1780, died 1868. He traveled in Scandinavia and northern Germany and published descriptions of these countries.


  • Journal of a residence in Norway during the years 1834, 1835, and 1836, 1836
  • A tour in Sweden in 1838, 1839
    • In this work, the author strongly criticizes the Swedish-Norwegian union, implying that Norway ought to strive for independence. This caused a comment from the Swedish-Norwegian ambassador in London, M. Björnstierna, On the moral state and political union of Sweden and Norway, 1840.
  • Notes of a traveller, 1842
    • Covers journeys in Prussia and other countries. The preface contains a response to Björnstierna's work (see above).
  • Heimskringla. The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway, 3 vol., 1844

The writer's son was also named Samuel Laing, born 1812, died 1897, railroad administrator and writer.

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