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Alexander Baird

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A farmer, later a coal master, of Kirkwood, Scotland, later of Lockwood.

1765 Born at Old Monkland

Married Jean Moffat

1794 Birth of daughter Janet (1794-1880) (who married Alexander Whitelaw senior)

1796 Birth of son, William

1798 Birth of son John (1798-1870)

1799 Birth of son Alexander (1799-1862)

1802 Birth of their 4th son James

1804 Birth of daughter Jane Jean (1804-1882) (who married Thomas Jackson)

1806 Birth of son Robert (1806-1856)

1808 Birth of son Douglas (1808-1854)

1810 Birth of son George (1810-1870)

1809 Started leasing coalfields at Woodside, Dalserf

1816 Added coalfields at Rochsolloch near Airdrie

1816 Birth of son David (1816-1860)

1822 Added coalfields at Merryston

1826 With his sons, William, Alexander and James, obtained leases on coalfields at Sunnyside, Hollandhirst and New Gartsherrie.

1828 Leased ironstone deposits at Cairnhill

1830 Retired from the business which was incorporated as William Baird and Co

1833 Died at Newmains.



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Sources of Information

  • Dictionary of National Biography
  • Find a grave - Alexander Baird's tomb
  • Family tree posted on Ancestry