Robert Baird

Robert Baird, Kincardine, Warden of Bruce County
...no man has shown more praiseworthy zeal

"Robert Baird, ex-Reeve of the Town of Kincardine, and ex-Warden of the County of Bruce, is the second son of William and Margaret Baird, natives of the County of Fermanagh, Ireland, whence they emigrated to Canada and settled in Picton, Prince Edward County. C.C. in 1831. Here Robert was born, June 10, 1832. He lived with his father, following farming in Hillier Township and subsequently in Hungerford, till 1855, when he removed to the then newly opened district which now composes the County of Bruce and into the flourishing Town of Kincardine under his eye and in very great measure as the result of his active and able participation in its every matter of public interest.

He has followed at this place a variety of occupations-all with a good degree of business success-but for the past twenty years has been chiefly engaged in the grain trade, being now for many years the largest produce merchant in the County of Bruce.

Mr. Baird’s first active participation in municipal affairs dates from 1866, in which year he was returned to the village Council, retaining the seat till 1869, when he was elected to the Reeveship, a position he has ever since retained for the village while it remained as such and for the town since its incorporation. His acknowledged ability in the management of the most important municipal matters is sufficiently shown by this record and further confirmed by the fact that he was and has filled that most responsible and honorable position uninterruptedly ever since. During these years very important changes of vital interest to its prosperity and development both present and future; and Mr. Baird’s high standing and influence have made his voice potent far beyond the limits of the county, having many times successfully occupied chief national government, to press the claims of various sections of his constituency for public improvements. In fact, local and general improvements of every class, have always found in Mr. Baird a warm friend and powerful advocate. The construction of the south extension of the Wellington, Grey and Bruce Railway to Kincardine as its terminus was very strongly advocated and materially assisted by his energetic support, while in the advancement of the educational interests of the community no man has shown more praiseworthy zeal.

In politics Mr. Baird is a representative Conservative and has contested South Bruce twice in the interests of that party-first, against Hon. Edward Blake for the Commons, in 1872;  secondly against Hon. R. M. Wells, for the Legislature, at the general election of 1879-but was defeated on both occasions, though his personal popularity is attested by the fact that he ran very much “ahead of his party ticket” in all those sections where he is best known by reason of residence and business associations.

In addition to other official positions held by Mr. Baird is that of Justice of the Peace for the past fifteen years. In every capacity, whether public or private, he is one of the most highly esteemed citizens, not only of his own immediate locality but of the county at large."

Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce

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John Douglass, Arran Township Robert Baird, Kincardine, Warden of Bruce County John Gillies, MP for North Bruce Duncan Kerr, Brant Township Peter F. Brown, First Settler in Teeswater John Hunter Luke Gardiner Alexander McNabb, Crown Land Agent, Southampton A.S. Elliot
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