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Saturday, 22 November 2008

Latto Ancestry East Neuk of Fife Scotland

Thomas Carstairs Latto, was born on 1st December 1818 at Kingsbarns in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland, and was the son of the village schoolmaster. He worked as a lawyer's clerk in Edinburgh and as a commission merchant in Glasgow before emigrating to the United States of America in 1858. There he founded the Scottish American Journal and worked as a publisher's editor before retiring in 1871 to live in Brooklyn where he ran an estate agency business. Latto was a regular contributor to Blackwood's Magazine, but his poetry rarely rose above the trivial and the sentimental. He remains best known for his lament for days long past, 'When we were at the schule'. His works include; The Minister's Kailyard (1845); Memorials of Auld Lang Syne (1892).

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