Clan Leadership

The Search for a Chief

Scotland's Lyon Court informed us where Bairds must look to find a Chief

The person who wishes to serve Bairds as chief must prove he or she is the most direct living descendant to the original 1672 undifferenced Arms of Auchmedden. The descendency process is called Agnatic Succession.

Click the button below to view Sir James Baird's petition for Chief of Clan Baird.


Clan Leadership

Clan Chief:

Clan Baird does not currently have a chief.

But hopefully that will change by later this year (2022)!

Sir James Andrew Gardiner Baird, 11th Baronet of Saughtonhall is currently the sole petitioner for Chief of the name of Baird and the undifferenced arms of Auchmedden. Sir James' petition is progressing through the review process of the Court of the Lord Lyon.

(Click the button above for more information regarding Sir James' petition to the Lyon Court and substantiation of his case)

As of April 2022, the official 28 day public posting of the updated petition passed without objection so after a pause for the Court's summer recess, the next stage is one of genealogical scrutiny. This will take place at the Court of the Lord Lyon in early autumn.

Photo of a weathered stone plaque with the coat of arms of George Baird, 2nd of Auchmedden (1517-1593) inset in a wall of Baird aisle in St. Drostan's Church, New Aberdour, Aberdeenshire


Clan Commander:

Richard Holman Baird of Rickarton, Ury, and Lochwood

On 19th August 2019, the Honourable Lord Lyon King of Arms, granted a commission to Richard Holman Baird of Rickarton, Ury and Lochwood to be Commander of the Clan Baird for a period of five years.

Note that if a clan chief is recognized by the Lyon Court prior to the end of 5 year term, the interim commandership is thus terminated and the new chief becomes the permanent head of the Clan.

Photo of Commander Richard Holman Baird


Court of the Lord Lyon

The Court of the Lord Lyon is the heraldic authority for Scotland and deals with all matters relating to Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms and maintains the Scottish Public Registers of Arms and Genealogies.

The Lord Lyon King of Arms is also responsible for State Ceremonial in Scotland.


Clan Baird Agnatic Succession

Note: Sir James is listed in box 55 in the chart below

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