Lord Smith recovering after Bute House ‘heart attack’

Lord Smith of Kelvin.
Lord Smith of Kelvin.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the owner of the island of Inchmarnock off Bute’s west coast and the leader of the post-referendum Smith Commission, is recovering after a suspected heart attack this week.

Lord Smith was dining with business leaders at the First Minister’s official residence, Bute House, on Tuesday night when he took ill.

It is understood that a student nurse who was working as a waitress at the event revived him after he became unwell.

Lord Smith was also chairman of the organising committee for last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and has served as chairman of Forth Ports and the Green Investment Bank and a spell as the BBC’s Scottish governor.

Closer to home, he is also the patron of the Baird of Bute Society, the organisation set up to encourage young people on Bute and beyond to follow in the footsteps of Andrew Blain Baird, the Bute blacksmith who undertook the first all-Scottish heavier-than-air powered flight in an aircraft of his own design and construction at Ettrick Bay in September 1910.

This year’s Baird of Bute Festival of Flight takes place at the island’s airstrip at Kingarth, and later at Ettrick Bay, on Saturday, Septmeber 12.