According to the Baird coat of arms, the origin of this clan’s name can be traced back to the first Baird who saved King William the Lion from a wild boar. However, this is likely a myth and the Baird name appears to have been derived from the territory on which the family originates near the village of Biggar in Lanarkshire.
While the name originates in Lanarkshire, the principal family of the clan can instead trace their origins back to Auchmedden in Aberdeenshire where they held lands until they were passed to the Earl of Aberdeen around the beginning of the 18th century.
Away from nobility, another member of the Baird family was James Baird (1802-76) who, despite coming from humble agricultural beginnings, would go on to employ thousands of people at his ironworks in Garsherrie, effectively creating the town of Coatbridge in its current form thanks to the industry.
The Baird name would rise to prominence once more in the early 20th century with emergence of John Logie Baird, the inventor credited with the first official television transmission and someone who remained deeply involved in the development of the technology until his death in 1946.