Our current book project is about John Watson Laurie – the longest serving Scottish prisoner.  He was commuted to penal servitude for life in 1889 and spent the rest of his life in Peterhead Prison, then latterly the criminal lunatic asylum section of Perth Prison.

Despite the old ancestral tale, I cannot find any connection between our Lauries and the infamous John Watson Laurie. I have traced his parents/siblings/ parents’ siblings etc and although they were based in Coatbridge, they appear to be unconnected to my Coatbridge Lauries.