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William Cochrane Laine was born in Maryhill, Glasgow on the 15th March 1897 to Annie Keil Laing (née Tullis) and Robert Laing, a master jeweller. He attended evening classes in design at The Glasgow School of Art while working as an apprentice jeweller. On the outbreak of World War One he enlisted with the Army Service Corps. He died in St Andrews in 1945, leaving behind his wife, Jessie Thomson. His occupation is noted as silversmith and jeweller. William C Laing is listed on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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