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John Baird

John Baird

John Baird was born at Lugar Street in Cumnock in 1812. His father David had tenanted the farm at Longmore in Logan Estate. David Baird met and married Jean Vallance and together they ran the Tup Inn in Cumnock. John, an only son, trained and became a very able joiner. He was also a well read and cultured man with interests in science, art, photography, literature and mechanical and technical drawing. This led him to produce architectural plans and drawings for many buildings in and around Cumnock including his own home adjacent to the Baird Institute which stands on what was once Baird's garden. The area was commonly known as 'Baird's Corner' or 'Baird's Place'.

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