Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Boag Baird
Designation: Architect
Born: 21 December 1885
Died: 17 January 1976
Bio Notes: George Boag Baird was born on 21 December 1885, the son of William Baird, WS, and his wife Mary Alison Macdonald. He was articled to Salmon Son & Gillespie in Glasgow in August 1901. He studied at Glasgow School of Art. On completing his four-year apprenticeship he remained with Salmon Son & Gillespie for a year as an assistant, followed by two years as assistant to William Leiper. In 1912-13 he became an assistant to Professor Charles Gourlay at the Royal Technical College and appears to have commenced independent practice at 135 Greenhead Terrace, Bridgeton, Glasgow, in 1914. After World War I he took up a post as assistant to the Parish Council of Glasgow, to George Arthur Boswell (for several months only), and to Scottish Oils Uphall, before becoming Architect to the Chief Engineer of Imperial Chemical Industries at Nobel House, Stevenston, Ayrshire at the end of 1925.

He was elected LRIBA on 15 October 1930, his proposers being William Hunter McNab, George Arthur Boswell and Robert Miller. By that time he had visited all the principal cities of northern Italy, had travelled in Normandy and in 1914 had become an Associate of the Incorporation of Architects of Scotland.

He died aged 90 at Mearnskirk General Hospital on 17 January 1976. His wife, Jeannie Barclay, had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 346, St Ronans Drive, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate 1976 
Item 2 of 3East Lynne, Eglinton Street, Saltcoats, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1930 or 1931 *1939 or after 1940(?) 
Item 3 of 3Glenmuir/56, Parkhouse Road, Ardrossan, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Salmon, Son & GillespieAugust 19011905Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Salmon, Son & Gillespie19051906Assistant 
Item 3 of 3William Leiper19061908Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Arthur Boswell15 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William Hunter McNab15 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Miller15 October 1930for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 1Mid 1900sNobel Industrial Estate, office blocksStevenston AyrshireScotland'Probably' by Baird.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional information from Iain Paterson from PO Directories and GSA records
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3408 (box 10)