Captain John Lauder

Captain John Lauder

Sir Harry Lauder and his wife Nance Lauder had one child, a son named John, born on 19 November 1891.

Harry Lauder bought his house (which he renamed Laudervale) in 1908 and moved to Strathaven in 1936. He also bought the Glenbranter Estate near Strachur, north of Dunoon.  

John was called up to serve as a Captain in the 8th Argyll and Sutherland Highland Regiment. He was killed in action at Poziers in France on 26 December 1916 and he was buried at Albert Road Cemetery at Orvilliers in France.

There have been questions about the manner of John's death but there is no evidence to confirm the speculation as fact.

After his son's death Harry entertained the troops in the trenches in France, where he came under enemy fire. He set up the Harry Lauder Million Pound Fund in 1917 to raise money for injured and maimed ex-servicemen. This is equivalent to over £58 million today.

He used his 1917/18 tour of America to raise funds and drew a crowd of over 15,000 people at one venue.

He was knighted by George V in January 1919 for all his fund raising efforts.

The memorial to John is at Glenbranter and Sir Harry's wife, Nance, is also buried there. 

Apparently Sir Harry had always said that he wanted to be buried at Glenbranter, but he is actually buried in the Lauder family grave in Hamilton.  

When he lived in Dunoon he presented the Lauder Shield as a prize at the pipe band competitions and was a member of Cowal Golf Club and St John’s Church where he unveiled a memorial window to his son and wife. 

More information about Harry and John Lauder can be found at


Captain John Lauder.
Harry Lauder and his son, John.
John's memorial at Glenbranter.