Born in Roxburghshire, Baird was the son of Reverend John Baird, who founded the first ‘Ragged Schools’ for destitute children. He lived in Devon from the early 1880s in Dawlish and Exeter, until the death of his wife in 1919, then moved to Sussex.
While he was living in Dawlish, Baird was commissioned by Mr and Mrs Miller of Ashfield House, Torquay, to paint all the members of their family, including their younger daughter, later to become world famous as author Agatha Christie.
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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery
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