Laing, Hamilton M. (Hamilton Mack), 1883-1982

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Biographical History

Hamilton M. Laing was a writer and avid amateur naturalist with a strong interest in ornithology. He was born in Huron County, Ontario, Canada. Lang took part in several expeditions (some with staff from the Smithsonian) between 1920 and 1940, to Lake Athabasca, Western Canada, British Columbia, Alaska and the North Pacific. In between collecting, he worked as a writer for newspapers, as well as natural sciences and outdoor serial publications. He also worked as a freelance specimen collector for museums. In 1927 he married Ethel Hart of Portland, Oregon. His field diaries (1901- 19 10) are at the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature; other archival materials at the Provincial Archives of British Columbia.


  • Library of Congress. NACO. Control Number: n 86137059
  • Mackie, Richard. (1988). Hamilton Mack Laing: Canadian Naturalist: 1883 – 1982. Picoides. 2 (2) 6-8. Retrieved October 2, 2013 from

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