John Kennedy Erskine Baird

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Admiral SIR John Kennedy Erskine Baird, K.C.B., Royal Navy (16 September, 1832 – 8 December, 1908) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 5 August, 1875, Baird was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 31 December, 1879.[1]

Baird was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 18 January, 1886, vice Hood.[2]

In the annual Naval Manoeuvres of 1888, Baird was in command of the larger force abstractly representing the Royal Navy, and was tasked with preventing an outbreak of the smaller "Achill" force under the command of Rear-Admiral George Tryon. Tryon's exceptional slyness made him too slippery an adversary to contain, and he was able to escape to areas where he would have been able to wreak havoc on British shipping and commerce.

Baird was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 16 May, 1890.[3]

He was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 14 February, 1892.[4]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870 Baird was placed on the Retired List on 16 September, 1897.[5]

Bibliography

  • "Sir John Baird" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 9 December, 1908. Issue 38825, col D, p. 15.

Service Records

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 24797. p. 2. 2 January, 1880.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 25551. p. 329. 22 January, 1886.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 26051. p. 2823. 16 May, 1890.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 26263. p. 1201. 1 March, 1892.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 26892. p. 5162. 17 September, 1897.
  6. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 88.
  7. Baird Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 60.
  8. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 89.