Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Baird
Born: 10 October 1913
Died: 31 March 1951
Bio Notes: James Baird was born in Paisley on 10 October 1913, the son of William Baird, blacksmith, and his wife Ruth Dinah Laidlaw. In 1930 he began his training with Kerr & Watson, architects and surveyors of Johnstone. The following year he transferred to Cook & Hamilton in Paisley and at the same time embarked on the part-time certificate course at Glasgow School of Art. He continued to to work with Cook & Hamilton until the completion of his articles. He then spent a year with James M Monro & Partners in Glasgow but moved in 1936 to the Renfrew County Engineer's office. The following year he took a post as chief architectural assistant in the Burgh Engineer's Office, Rutherglen Corporation. From 1941 to 1942 he completed his architectural education through a correspondence course and sat the final examinations in Edinburgh. He was elected ARIBA in 1943, his proposers being Henry Cook, James Taylor and James Steel Maitland.

Baird died at his home in West Kilbride on 31 March 1951 aged only 39. His wife Kathleen Ballantyne Robertson survived him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Newark, Carse Street, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate 1951 
Item 2 of 3123, Seedhill Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1943  
Item 3 of 316, Craigholm Crescent, Burntisland, Fife, ScotlandPrivatec. 1954  

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5Kerr & Watson19301931Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Cook & Hamilton19311935Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5J M Monro & Son19351936Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Renfrew County Engineers Department19361937Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Royal Burgh of Rutherglen Architect's Department (later Rutherglen Borough Council)19371943Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry ('Harry') Cook20 July 1943For Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Steel Maitland20 July 1943For Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Taylor20 July 1943For Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no8226 (combined box 206)