Reply to the Toast “The Landlord and the Landlady” 1883
Proposer of the Toast “Let it Blaw – the Balerno Burns Club” 1884
Proposer of the Toast “Agricultural Interests of the District” 1885, 1890
Proposer of the Toast “Commercial Interests of the District” 1886
Proposer of the Toast “The Lasses” 1887, 1891, 1896
Proposer of the Toast “Educational Interests” 1888
Became a member of ‘Let it Blaw’ c.1881
First mentioned in Toast List/Programme 1883
John is the father of Club Member John Laird Jnr.
In 1881 John G. Laird, originally from Cupar, Fife, was a “Rubber Factory Manager”. He was married to Agnes, daughter of the Club’s Founding Member Alex Henderson and his wife Jane who were owners of Henderson’s Inn.
When ‘Let it Blaw’ was founded, John was staying with the Hendersons at the Inn with his wife Agnes, daughters Jane & Isabella, and son John Jnr. As a result, there appears a very strong probability that John was one of 23 Gentlemen who attended the first ‘Let it Blaw’. At the 1883 Supper he replied to the ‘Toast to the Landlord’ and, next year, proposed one of the main Toasts which further points to his involvement pre 1883.
Club records show he later resided in Edinburgh but, as his involvement in Suppers above shows, he made the journey back to Balerno each January for some time.