AIRD, Thomas (1802–1876), editor and poet. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed correspondent, 3 sides, 8vo, Mountainhall, Dumfries, 21 October 1863. Giving permission to his correspondent to translate “The Holy Cottage” or any of his other poems into German, adding : "My latest pieces appeared in the fourth edition of my volume published by Messrs Blackwood in February last. And as I have now retired from the Editorship of the Herald, I am not likely to appear again in “Poet’s Corner”.
Aird took up the editorship of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Herald upon moving from Edinburgh to Dumfries in 1835. Over and above a wide range of editorial duties, he was able to publish his own poems in his paper. He retired from the post of editor in 1863, the year this letter was written.