Hamilton Mack Laing – Comox man of distinction

Short biography: HMLManofDistinction


Riding the Continent, Edited by Trevor Marc Hughes, Ronson Press (2019)

Extracts from the journal of Mack Laing’s 1915 motorcycle trip across the American continent from New York to San Francisco.

Manuscript from the Mack Laing collection of the British Columbia Archives, titled ‘The Transcontinentalist’



The Real Thing, by Dr Briony Penn, Rocky Mountain Books (2015)

Biography of Ian McTaggart-Cowan, one of  Canada’s foremost naturalists, who was a student mentored by Hamilton Mack Laing.





Baybrook – Life’s Great Adventure, by Hamilton Mack Laing (Comox Archives and Museum Society) – photocopy of original manuscript

Relating the creation of the Comox Baybrook Nut Orchard and fruit farm by Mack Laing and his wife Ethel in the 1930s.




Hamilton Mack Laing: Hunter Naturalist, by Richard Mackie, Sono Nis Press (1985)

Biography based on extensive collection of materials beqeathed to the Town of Comox and the British Columbia Archives in Victoria






Allan Brooks – Artist Naturalist, Hamilton Mack Laing, British Columbia Provincial Museum (1979)

Biography of one of Mack Laing’s best friends, a renowned artist, and a frequent visitor to Comox.





The Pioneer Birdmen of Comox, by Elizabeth Brooks (2006)

Booklet produced privately to honour four renowned Comox avian naturalists: Allan Brooks, Ronald Stewart, Hamilton Mack Laing, and Theed Pearce

Dedicated to ‘past, present and future naturalists of the Comox Valley’.



Photos of Mack Laing …



1 Comment

Jean Humphreys

2021-02-01 at 6:44 pm

Just finished “Riding the Continent” — what a wonderful account! As a bird lover who enjoys travel, nature and share concern about our environment, I fervently hope that Shakesides and the Nature Park will be forever preserved.

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