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Families covered: Baird of Auchmedden, Baird of Banff, Baird of Ordinhnivas, Baird of Posso

The first of this family to come into Britain is reported to have been the Seigneur de Beart, of Flemish descent, who arrived at The Conquest. The name possibly originated from the lands of Dhuys and Bayart with its Chateau de Bayard. The name was spelt variously (including Baart, Baiart, Baard, Baiard, Bayard, Bard and Barde) with various branches spreading around Great Britain. "Baird" was not used on a regular basis until the end of the 16th century. Early members of the family included ...
Richard Baard, 1st lord of Loftus (a 1130, 1150)
1. Godrey (Godefridus or Galefridus) Baard, 2nd of Loftus, lord of Nether Middleton or Middleton St. George (d 1185/6)
  m. (before 1166) ?? (dau of William, son of Siward)
  A. Godrey (Godefridus or Galefridus) Baard, 3rd of Loftus, lord of Nether Middleton or Middleton St. George (d before 09.1199)
m. Emma (a 1203)
Possibly the first mentioned in Scotland was Henry de Barde who witnessed a charter of lands in Stirling in 1178. The progenitor of (most of) the various Baird families in Scotland was probably ...
Thomas de Bard of Posso, Sheriff of Peebles (a 1296)
1. ?? de Bard of Posso
  Uncertain on number of intervening generations.
  A. ?? de Bard of Posso
  i. Sir Lawrence Bard or Baird of Posso
  m. (c1364) ?? Somerville (dau of Sir Thomas de Somerville of Linton and Carnwath)
  a. ?? Bard or Baird presumed intermediary generation(s), probably father or grandfather of ...
  (1) William de Bard of Posso (a 1396) possibly father or grandfather of ...
  (A) William Baird of Posso (a 1457) succeeded by ...
  (i) Gavin Baird of Posso (a 1457, d by 1478) succeeded by ...
  (a) Gavin Baird of Posso (a 1457, d by 1478) succeeded by ...
  ((1)) Gilbert Baird of Posso (d c1503) succeeded by ...
  ((A)) Sir Gilbert Baird of Posso (b before 1482, d Flodden 09.09.1513 - continued below



Before we continue with the later Bairds of Posso we show another line of Bairds, possibly (as indicated by their arms) also descended from the above Sir Lawrence of Posso.
James Baird
m. _ Ker (possibly of the family of Cessford)
1. James Baird (a 1459, Bailie of Banff)
  m. (1436) Elizabeth Gordon (possibly of the family of Pitlurg)
  A. Thomas Baird
  m. (1463) Helen Urquhart
i. Thomas Baird, 1st of Ordinhnivas (d by 1509, Bailie of Banff)
  m. (1490) Janet Maitland (b 1467, d 1539, possibly of the family of Gight)
  a. George Baird, 2nd of Ordinhnivas (d 1557, Bailie of Banff)
  m. (1516) Janet Fraser (d 1558, possibly of the family of Philorth)
  (1) William Baird (dvp before 01.01.1539)
  (A) Walter Baird, 3rd of Ordinhnivas (d 14.12.1589)
  m. Catherine Grant
  (i) Lillias Baird (d after 02.04.1624)
  m. (1578) Gilbert Baird of Auchmedden (d 23.02.1620) @@ below
  partner unknown
  (ii) Gilbert Baird (a 12.1624)
  (B) daughter (a 1539)
  (2) George Baird
  (3) Janet Baird
  m. (before 26.04.1539) Alexander Ogilvie of Glasshaugh



Sir Gilbert Baird of Posso (b before 1482, d Flodden 09.09.1513) - continued above
1. John Baird of Posso (b before 1493, d before 09.03.1527)
  m. Janet Scott (who m2. John Hay, 1st of Smithfield)
  A. Sir Gilbert Baird of Posso (b before 1527, d before 1541)
  B. Elizabeth Baird of Posso (b c1520, a 1555)
  m. (1544) (Sir) Michael Nasmyth
C. Janet Baird (b c1520)
  m. William Geddes
2. Andrew Baird of Lavoroklaw (b 1475, d 10.02.1543)
  m. Elizabeth Learmonth (dau of John Learmonth of Clatto)
  A. George Baird of Auchmedden (d before 09.01.1593)
  m1. (mcrt 24.01.1546) Margaret Drummond (dau of Henry Drummond of Riccarton by Janet Crichton)
  m2. (mcrt 10.08.1550) Elizabeth Keith (dau of Gilbert Keith of Troup)
  i. Gilbert Baird of Auchmedden (d 23.02.1620)
  m1. Janet Innes (dau of James Innes, 2nd of Cromney)
  m2. (1578) Lillias Baird (d after 02.04.1624, dau of Walter Baird of Ordinhivas) @@ above
a. George Baird of Auchmedden, Sheriff of Banff (d 12.02.1642)
  m. (17.10.1616) Anne Fraser (dau of Alexander Fraser of Philorth and Saltoun)
  (1) Sir James Baird of Auchmedden, joint Sheriff of Banff (b c1620, d 17.07.1691)
  m. (1641) Christian Ogilvie (dau of Walter Ogilvie of Boyne)
  (A) James Baird, joint Sheriff of Banff (b c1648, dvp 20.07.1681)
  m. (16.02.1670) Catherine Hay (b 11.09.1641, d 11.01.1733, dau of George Hay, 2nd Earl of Kinnoull)
  (i) William Baird of Auchmedden (b 16.08.1676, d 22.08.1720)
m1. (10.02.1698) Mary Gordon (d 01.08.1710, dau of Robert Gordon of Straloch or Pitlurg)
  (a) William Baird of Auchmedden (b c1701, d 05.02.1775, 2nd son)
  m. Anne Duff (b c1704, d 30.01.1773, dau of William Duff of Dipple)
  ((1)) Jean Baird (b 24.01.1732)
  m. (c1757) John Cork in London (emigrated to North America)
  ((2)) Helen Baird (b 02.01.1734)
  m. (1759) Robert Farquharson (of Invercauld family)
  ((3)) Henrietta Baird (b 18.12.1738, d 18.07.1801)
  m. Francis Fraser, younger of Findrack (d 24.12.1809)
  ((4))+ other issue - William (b 01.10.1722, d 15.05.1750), Alexander (b 29.12.1724, d 04.1761), James (b 30.06.1726, d 04.1749), Charles (b 04.01.1729, dsp in Antigua), John (b 19.09.1730, dsp 1796), George (b 05.01.1733, dsp in Jamaica), Katherine (b 27.01.1735, d 11.07.1738), Anne (b 28.08.1737, d 04.11.1756)
  (b) Mary Baird
  m1. (1724) William Gordon in Badinscoth
  m2. (1738) John Gordon of Wardhouse
  m3. (1741, sp) Jonathan Forbes of Brux
(c)+ other issue - Katherine (d young), James (d young), Jean (b c1705, d 23.07.1722)
  m2. (07.02.1712) Elizabeth Abercrombie (d 12.04.1756, dau of Alexander Abercrombie, 3rd of Glassaugh)
  (f) Helen Baird (b 1717, d 12.04.1799)
  m. (1737) William Ogilvie in Banff (b 1711, d 24.01.1788)
  (j)+ other issue - Alexander (b 1720/1, captain), Katherine (b c1718, d 02.09.1729), Clementina (d unm 20.01.1771), others (d infant)
  (ii) Mary Baird (d 11.11.1737)
  m. (18.05.1692) Sir James Dunbar, 2nd Bart of Durn (bpt 09.01.1665, d 11.1737)
  (iii) Margaret Baird
  m. (1716) James Gordon of Fechil
  (iv) Katherine Baird
  m. John Douglas of Fechil (son of Silvester of Whiterigs)
  (v) Mary Baird (a 1688)
  m. James Irvine of Kingcaussie
  (vi)+ other issue - James (b c1671, d 24.10.1689), George (d infant), Christian (d young)
  (B) John Baird in Banff, later of Rosebank (dsp 1691, WS)
  m. (03.01.1688) Mary Ramsay (a 1693)
(C) Alexander Baird in Edinburgh (d c1709)
  m. (12.02.1684) Mary Turnbull (dau of Robert Turnbull in Edinburgh)
  (i) James Baird (d 1714)
  m. _ Houston
  (ii) Patrick Baird in Philadephia (dsp 1759, surgeon)
  (iii) Jean Baird
  m. James Bruce of Powfouls
  (D) Elizabeth Baird (a 07.1707)
  m1. (22.08.1668) Sir Alexander Abercrombie, 1st Bart of Birkenbog
  m2. Patrick Ogilvie of Inchmartine (b c1676, d 20.09.1737)
  (e) Anne Baird (dsp c1670)
  m. (15.11.1669) John Gordon of Cocklarochie
(F) Christian Baird (d c1722)
  m. (c1676) George Lesly of Burdsbank (a 12.1682)
  (2)+ other issue - George (d 1648, physician), Walter (d Worcester 03.09.1651)
  b. Branden Baird of Northfield (dsp 1661?)
  m. Marjorie Ogilvie (dau of John Ogilvie of Glassaugh, relict of William Keith of Northfield)
  c. Andrew Baird in Banff (d before 14.04.1657, WS)
  m. (before 11.06.1620) Helen Harvey (a 12.1679, dau of _ Harvey of Ward of Kilmundy, relict of Thomas Meldrum)
  (1) Walter Baird (d Dunbar 03.9.1650, captain)
  (2) Janet Baird
  m. Gilbert Mair of Edinburgh (a 11.1663, son of James of Auchyre)
  d. James Baird of Little Fiddes (b c1588, d 1655, Commissioner of Edinburgh)
  m. (c1619) Bethia Dempster (d before 1662, dau of Sir John Dempster of Logiealton and Balbougie)
  e. Magnus Baird in Shetland (a 07.1624)
  (1) Janet Baird (married in 1636)
f. Elspet Baird
  m. (mcrt 18.08.1614) James Stewart in Newton of Balveny
  g. Margaret Baird (a 1624)
  m. (01.12.1618) James Harvey of Ward of Kilmundy
  h. Anne Baird
  m. (04.1631) John Keith of Northfield (son of William of Northfield by Marjory Ogilvie)
  i. Katharine Baird
  m. Alexander Gordon of Blelack (d before 13.06.1631, son of John of Blelack)
  j. Janet Baird
  m1. (04.1609) Robert Ogilvy of Pyperscroft
  m2. John Brown of St. Andrews
  k.+ other issue including John (d 1651), Thomas (a 1632), Walter in Banff (a 10.1622), Hugh (married in Friseland)
  ii. Alexander Baird (3rd son)
  m. Helen Kennedy
  a.+ issue - Magdalen, Janet
  iii. George Baird in Glencuthill (of Corskie?) (a 1619, 5th son)
  a. George Baird
  b. Andrew Baird
  (1) James Baird
  (A) William Baird
  iv.+ other issue - Andrew (a 1632, professor at Lyons), Patrick
3. Thomas Baird (a 1515)

Main source(s): Information kindly provided by Sir James Baird, 11th Bart of Saughton Hall, with support, subject to Sir James's corrections, from (for the upper 2 sections) various web sites and (for the lower section) BP1934 (Baird of Saughton)
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