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Centenary Congratulations



 Letters of Congratulations

                                          Letter 1 - First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk NC

                                          Letter 2 - Jim Mather MSP 

                                          Letter 3 - Alex Salmond, First Minister

                                          Letter 4 - Wiliam Petrie, Provost Argyll & Bute



 The First Flight Society (commemorating the flights of the Wright Brothers and aviators since)


                                   P. O. Box 1903, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

                                                                                                          June 15, 2010 

Dear Mr. Markwell,

The First Flight Society is honored to acknowledge your honoring of Andrew Blain Baird, a Scotsman and true aviation pioneer.  What is remarkable is that he flew an airplane of his own design and construction at a time when aviation was in its infancy.

We congratulate you on your foresight in honoring Andrew Baird on the 100th anniversary of his historic flight and we wish you smooth flying for your celebration.

Sincerely yours,

Alvah Ward

Alvah H. Ward, Jr.

President, First Flight Society,  

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina


 Letter 2



Letter 3


Argyll and Bute Council

Comhairle Earra Ghaidheal agus Bhoid

Kilmory, Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8RT. Tel: (01546) 604341 Fax: (01546) 604349 E-mail:

                                                                                                                                       William Petrie OBE JP DL   Provost

Our Ref: WP/KR/4346

Your Ref:

Date: 2ND November 2010

Dear Mr Markwell

On behalf of Argyll and Bute Council, I would like to thank you most sincerely for organising

what I understand was a spectacular September weekend in Rothesay to commemorate the

centenary of the first all Scottish, heavier than air powered flight, by Bute's very own pioneer

of aviation: Andrew Baird, which took place at Ettrick Bay in September 1910.

My fellow councillors who were in attendance all agreed that it was a very special event, one

which involved members of the community of all ages as well as the Rothesay and District

Pipe Band. You were especially lucky to get a nice day for it, given the weather we have had


It was lovely that Andrew Baird's son and grandson were there to witness the events, and the

plaque at the graveside and the Andrew Baird monument will remain there always to remind

the people of Bute of this remarkable achievement, as will the renamed Andrew Baird Airstrip.

Kind regards.

Yours sincerely

William Petrie