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John and James Baird

Constitution Copartnership
Date of Formation 1870's ?
Date of Dissolution 1880's ?
Office not known
Oil works Kirkmuirhill Oil Works

John Baird (born c. 1815) and James Baird (born c. 1819) - presumably brothers - were master tile makers, each proprietors of their own tile manufacturing business.

Valuation rolls list John and James Baird as joint proprietors of a tile and brickworks at Kirkmuirhill, near Lesmahagow, where they operated the small-scale Kirkmuirhill oil works for a short period during the 1860's. Redwood also records J. & J. Baird as proprietor of the Auchinheath oil works, about a mile distant to Kirkmuirhill. Valuation rolls list the operators of these works as the Auchinheath Chemical Company, although may be the case that the Baird brothers had an interest in this company; the Baird family certainly operated tile works at Auchinheath.

John Baird of Kirkmuirhill, Lesmahagow is recorded as proprietor of Doura oil works, Ayrshire, in 1875, while James Baird of Blackwood Cottage, Lesmahagow was proprietor of Patterton oil works, also in Doura, Ayrshire in that same year.

It appears that John Baird's son, John Baird (born c.1849) took an active interest in the oil industry, being listed in as an oil manufacturer, resident in Kilwinning, in the 1871 census. It appears that this John Baird (born c.1849) and his uncle? John Baird (born c. 1815) subsequently formed the Annick Lodge Oil Co.






It is difficult to determine precise addresses from census entries, however reference to adjacent household schedule numbers suggest that "West End Cottage" lay the village of Kirkmuirhill, and that "Brickwork Cottage" lay in Auchinheath.

1851 Census

1861 Census

1871 Census

1881 Census

1891 Census

1901 Census



TO THE CREDITORS ON The Sequestrated Estates of JAMES BAIRD, JUNIOR, Brick and Tile Manufacturer, Auchinheath Tile Works, Lesmahagow. BY virtue of an Order by the Sheriff-Substitute of Lanarkshire, James Baird, junior, above designed, hereby intimates that he has presented a Petition to the Sheriff of Lanarkshire at Lanark, to be finally discharged of all debts contracted by him before the date of the Sequestration of his Estates, in terms of the Statutes. WM. STODART, Writer, Hamilton, Agent for Petitioner. Hamilton, 3rd August 1894.

The Edinburgh Gazette 7th August 1894


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