Ross Laidlaw (author)

Ross Laidlaw is a Scottish writer of historical, thriller and spy fiction.

Ross Laidlaw
BornAberdeen, Scotland
GenreHistorical fiction, Thriller, Spy fiction


Laidlaw was born in Aberdeen and now lives in East Lothian. He attended the University of Cambridge and has spent time working and traveling in southern Africa.[1] In 1979, while working as a geography and history teacher at Belhaven Hill School near Dunbar, Laidlaw's first book was released, The Lion is Rampant, receiving significant praise.[2] He has since released five more books with the most recent being Justinian: The Sleepless One which was released in 2010.


  • The Lion is Rampant (1979) (ISBN 9780904002270) - originally published by Molendinar Press, it is a political thriller set in Scotland during the 1980s.[3]
  • The Linton Porcupine (1984) (ISBN 9780862410636) - originally published by Littlehampton Book Services, set in 16th century Scotland it is written as the journal of Nicholas Wainwright who has been sent to find a weapon that is being created by the Scots.[4]
  • Aphra Behn: Dispatch'd from Athole (1992) (ISBN 9781872557175) - originally published by Balnain Books, set in 17th century Britain, the story tells of Aphra Behn's journal which details her mission to Scotland as a spy.[5]
  • Attila: The Scourge of God (2004) (ISBN 9781904598084) - originally published by Polygon Books, set in fifth century Europe, the story centers around Attila the Hun and Aetius who are in battle with each other for the fate of their empires.[6]
  • Theoderic (2008) (ISBN 9781846970825) - originally published by Polygon Books, set in fifth century Europe during a time when the Western Roman Empire has been left in ruins, the story centers around Theodoric the Goth who rises to a status equal of Roman Emperors.[7]
  • Justinian (2010) (ISBN 9781846971587) - originally published by Polygon Books, it follows the life of Justinian I, an emperor of the Byzantine Empire.[8]


  1. "Ross Laidlaw". FantasticFiction. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  2. "Attila". Birlinn Limited. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  3. "The Lion is Rampant A Political Thriller". Hessay Books. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  4. "The Linton Porcupine: The Journal of One Nicholas Wainwright". Medieval Bookshop. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  5. "Aphra Behn: Dispatch'd from Athole". Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  6. "Books". Polygon Books. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  7. "Theodoric by Ross Laidlaw". FantasticFiction. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  8. "Justinian". Birlinn Limited. Retrieved 8 June 2010.

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