Bruce Laing

Bruce Walter Laing, age 72, passed away December 21, 2020 at home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Hingham and attended Northeastern University, receiving a graduate degree in psychology. Due to Covid-19, a private graveside service will be held at a later date with a celebration of life to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please make a tribute gift to Parkinson’s Foundation in his name. (Excerpt from obituary in The Local News)

Bruce was one of the first people to offer articles for the Historic Ipswich website, and was instrumental in creating the inventories of internments at the oldest burying grounds in Ipswich.

Articles and research on this site by Bruce Laing:

Woodcut of John Adams A Revolutionary Guest: John Adams’ letters from Ipswich - John Adams visited Ipswich many times during his tenure as the Boston representative to the colonial legislature from 1770 to 1774.

Old North Burying Ground - Established in 1634, the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich, Massachusetts is one of the oldest cemeteries in North America.
Old Linebrook Cemetery - The Old Linebrook Cemetery was first used in 1725, but most burials date from 1768 to about 1900. Family names include Chapman, Conant, Ellsworth, Foster, Howe, Morse, Perley and Potter.
New Linebrook Cemetery - Description of the New Linebrook Cemetery and the comprehensive listing, provided by Bruce Laing, 2006 Download as PDF View gravestones at the New Linebrook Cemetery (FindaGrave) This cemetery is about 100’ wide by 275’ deep. There is an antique house just to the east, and a modern house […]
Leslie Road Burial Ground, 169 Leslie Rd., Rowley MA - The following study and information were provided by the late Bruce Laing: In Memento Mori, authors Johnson and Elbridge were ambitious, thorough, and accurate. There were indeed three Burial Grounds in the Linebrook Parish, even though only two were commonly known by town historians, and only two were […]
Old South Cemetery in Ipswich Ma Ipswich Old South Cemetery - The Old South Cemetery has approximately 1000 interments, and was used from 1756 till 1939. It sits between the South Green and the Ipswich River and is an easy walk from downtown. This comprehensive list of interments was created by the WPA.
Immigrants Cemetery Ipswich MA Immigrants Highland Annex Cemetery - The Highland Annex Cemetery, better known as the Immigrants, Greek or Polish Cemetery, is located on Fowlers Lane in Ipswich. This cemetery was used for the burial of immigrants to the town, from about 1913 until about 1939. Most came to Ipswich to work at the Ipswich Mills and the Brown Milll. This page lists the names and other information about those who were buried here, including a young Greek woman, Νικολεττα Παντελοπουλος who was killed by police bullets during the Ipswich Mills strike of 1913.

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  1. Bruce was a dear friend of mine for over 40 years. I knew about his wanderings in cemeteries and his writings for the IHS but I didn’t appreciate the breadth of his work and research until this notice.

    He made a big contribution to the town. I will miss him greatly.

    Mike Maginn Goodhue Street Hamilton

    Sent from my iPad


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