Follow in footsteps of ‘Baird of Bute’, says Lord Smith

Lord Smith of Kelvin, patron of the Baird of Bute Society.
Lord Smith of Kelvin, patron of the Baird of Bute Society.

The patron of the Baird of Bute Society has urged the island’s young people to be inspired by the example of the man in whose memory the organisation was founded.

Lord Smith of Kelvin may be best known on a national stage these days as the author of the Smith Commission report on further devolution for Scotland, set up in the wake of last September’s independence referendum - but while he’s keeping tight-lipped on that particular topic for now, he has plenty to say to the next generation on the subject of living their dreams.

“Scotland’s history is littered with people who have gone out and done amazing things - missionaries, chemists, physicists, business people like Andrew Carnegie and more recently Tom Hunter - from nothing,” he told The Buteman.

“And you don’t have to be the chairman of a company. You can great fulfilment out of being the very best that you can be.”

* More from our chat with Lord Smith in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, July 23.