August 4, 2011







Baird of Bute Society Announced


ROTHESAY, Isle of Bute, August 4, 2011 — Today Christopher Markwell announced the roll out of the Baird of Bute Society. It has been established to recognize and promote the historical achievements of Andrew Blain Baird, the Bute blacksmith who on September 17, 1910, at Ettrick Bay on Bute, flew a plane of his own design and manufacture to record the First All-Scottish Heavier-than-air Powered Flight.

The Baird of Bute Society is focused on the advancement of education and information related to Andrew Baird and his aviation and entrepreneurial activity. As a consequence, The Society will strongly participate in the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture and science on the Isle of Bute and beyond.

“The achievements of Andrew Baird are an example of what one person can do when impassioned and motivated. While The Society will keep his historical achievements to the fore, it is his entrepreneurial example that we will highlight in the creation and support of programmes and activities that will recognize and reward creative thinking and assist the youth of Bute to better realize their dreams. A recent study revealed that one in five young Scots has given up on fulfilling their goals in life and they’ll be on our radar. The motto of the Society is ‘inspire ut aspire’ which is Latin for ‘to inspire to aspire’.” said Markwell.

Membership is open to persons of 18 years of age and over and is offered in three classes: Ordinary, Supporting and Life membership. All members are entitled to vote, on an equal basis, at General Meetings. Membership will become available on September 1st, 2011.

Markwell is very proud of the initial Officers and Board of Trustees of The Society which includes Wendy Brownlie – Trustee (Head Teacher at Rothesay Joint Campus), Andrew McLean – Trustee ( Head of Collections at Mount Stuart) and Janet O’Sullivan – Trustee and Secretary Treasurer (Postmistress and relative of Andrew Baird). Charles Soane CA, while not a Trustee, is Independent Examiner of Accounts. Christopher Markwell, who created The Society, is also a Trustee and was elected Chairman.

The Baird of Bute Society maintains websites at and www.bairdofbutesociety and on Wikipedia, has commissioned and created a unique Baird of Bute DVD, is establishing a Baird display facility at and with Mount Stuart and has applied for the long term loan of the original Baird propeller and engine from the two Museums where they are currently held in order to be reunited in Mount Stuart.

The Baird of Bute Society is registered as a charity (#SC042490) by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

For more information on the Baird of Bute Society, please visit