Modern Ancient Crest
Gaelic Name: Mac a’bhaird
Crest: A gryphon’s head erased, Proper
Motto: Dominus Fecit (The Lord made)
Lands: Auchmeddan, Aberdeenshire
Origin of Name: Place name, Lanarkshire
The mythological motif of saving the King through a feat of strength, common to other clan histories such as Baird and Turnbull, is also at the origin of the Baird clan. The legend recounts that the first Baird saved William the Lion from a wild boar – the killing of a wild boar also bearing similarities to the origin of Clan Campbell. The Baird name seems to reflect the geographical location of lands held by the family in Lanarkshire near the village of Biggar in the thirteenth century. Early in the fourteenth century King Robert Bruce bestowed the lands at Meikle and Little Kyp, also in Lanarkshire, to Richard Baird.