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Sir Harry Lauder Day
"🎶 Roamin' in the gloamin' on the bonnie banks o' Clyde,
Roamin' in the gloamin' wi' ma lassie by ma side,
When the sun has gone to rest, that's the time that I like best,
O, it's lovely roamin' in the gloamin'!"
~ Roamin' in the Gloamin', Harry Lauder, 1911
The tartan celebrates the 150th anniversary of Sir Harry Lauder's birth in 1870, his achievements within the entertainment industry and his WWI fund raising efforts. Lauder's success in leading the Howard & Wyndham pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow, for which he wrote I Love a Lassie, made him a national star, and he obtained contracts with Sir Edward Moss and others. Gaining initial success for his humour and singing first to fellow miners in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Harry eventually became an entertainer full-time and went on to became on of the world's most popular entertainers during a career which spanned 42 years. He undertook several world tours including trips to the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Lauder wrote most of his own songs, favourites of which were Roamin' In The Gloamin', I Love a Lassie, A Wee Deoch-an-Doris, and The End of the Road, which is used by Birmingham City Football Club as their club anthem. The Corkscrew hazel ornamental cultivar of common hazel (Corylus avellana 'Contorta') is sometimes known as Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, in reference to the crooked walking stick (cromach) Lauder often carried, dressed in full Highland regalia. 🎭 🎶
Sir Henry Lauder (4 August 1870 – 26 February 1950) was a Scottish singer and comedian popular in both music hall and vaudeville theatre traditions; he achieved international success.
He was described by Sir Winston Churchill as "Scotland's greatest ever ambassador" who "... by his inspiring songs and valiant life, rendered measureless service to the Scottish race and to the British Empire."
He became a familiar worldwide figure promoting images like the kilt and the cromach (walking stick) to huge acclaim, especially in America. Among his most popular songs were "Roamin' in the Gloamin", "A Wee Deoch-an-Doris", "The End of the Road" and, a particularly big hit for him, "I Love a Lassie".
By 1911 Lauder had become the highest-paid performer in the world, and was the first British artist to sell a million records! He raised vast amounts of money for the war effort during the First World War, for which he was knighted in 1919.
On 28 July 1987, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh hosted a luncheon at the Edinburgh City Chambers to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Lauder receiving the Freedom of the City.
On 4 August 2001 Gregory Lauder-Frost opened the Sir Harry Lauder Memorial Garden at Portobello Town Hall. BBC2 Scotland broadcast a documentary, Something About Harry, on 30 November 2005. On 29 September 2007, Lauder-Frost rededicated the Burslem Golf Course & Club at Stoke-on-Trent, which had been formally opened exactly a century before by Harry Lauder.
For more on how Harry Lauder's life and travels, click the portrait!