Son of ‘Baird of Bute’ dies aged 93

Andrew Blain Baird II on board a light aircraft at Bute's airstrip during the 'Baird of Bute' centenary celebrations in 2010. The airstrip was named in memory of Mr Baird's father during the event.
Andrew Blain Baird II on board a light aircraft at Bute's airstrip during the 'Baird of Bute' centenary celebrations in 2010. The airstrip was named in memory of Mr Baird's father during the event.

The son of the Bute blacksmith behind Scotland’s first heavier-than-air powered flight 103 years ago has died at the age of 93.

Andrew Blain Baird II passed away in his home town of Arbroath after a short illness.

Mr Baird was the guest of honour at the inaugural ‘Baird of Bute’ celebrations in September 2010, marking the centenary of blacksmith Andrew Baird’s short flight at Ettrick Bay a hundred years previously.

Chris Markwell, the founder of the Baird of Bute Society and the man behind the Baird of Bute celebrations, which have now become an annual fixture in the island’s calendar, said Mr Baird had been “an enormous hit with the people of Bute” at the centenary event.

His funeral will be held in Arbroath on Thursday, June 13.

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