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LATTO, Thomas Carstairs, poet, born in Kings-barn, Fifeshire, Scotland, 1 December, 1818. After receiving an elementary education from his father, Alexander Latto, the parish school-master, he entered the University of St. Andrews. but was not graduated. In 1838 he went to Edinburgh, and was employed as parliament-house and conveyancing clerk in the office of John Hunter, auditor of the court of sessions. After serving as a clerk for several years in Edinburgh and Dundee he entered into business in Glasgow in 1852, and then came to New York, where he was a founder of the "Scottish American Journal." He was connected with the publishing-house of Ivison and Co., of New York, for eleven years, and in 1871 became a real-estate agent in Brooklyn, where he now (1887) resides. Mr. Latto's principal work, " The Village School Examination," is still in manuscript. The poems that he has contributed to periodicals include " When we were at the Schule," "The Blind Lassie," " The Grave of Sir Walter Scott," and " Lines on J. Fenimore Cooper." See Wilson's " Poets and Poetry of Scotland" (New York, 1876).
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