Augustus Baillie

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Augustus Baillie
Born (1861-03-25)25 March 1861
Died 8 January 1939(1939-01-08) (aged 77)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant Colonel Augustus Charles Baillie DSO (25 March 1861 – 8 January 1939) was one of the founders of Baillie Gifford, one of the United Kingdom's largest investment managers.


Brought up in Scotland, Baillie was initially commissioned into the Royal Horse Artillery[1] in 1880[2] but resigned his commission in 1886.[3]

Baillie rejoined the forces and fought in the Second Boer War, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in November 1900.[4] He was in command of the 15th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry until the war ended in May 1902, and left Port Elizabeth for Southampton on the SS Colombian two months later.[5]

After the Second Boer War ended he was promoted to major in the Lovat Scouts Imperial Yeomanry in 1903.[6]

In 1907 he co-founded the legal firm of Baillie Gifford WS which in 1909 formed and then acted as manager of The Scottish Mortgage and Trust Company Limited.[7]

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1908[8] but again resigned his commission in 1910.[9]

In September 1914 following the outbreak of World War I he was appointed Commanding Officer of 2nd Lovat Scouts.[10]

He died in 1939.[1]


In 1905 he married Meta Trotter and together they went on to have one son and one daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Augustus Charles Baillie at the
  2. ^ "No. 24870". The London Gazette. 3 August 1880. p. 4258. 
  3. ^ "No. 25571". The London Gazette. 23 March 1886. p. 1413. 
  4. ^ "No. 27359". The London Gazette. 27 September 1901. p. 6307. 
  5. ^ "The Army in South Africa - Troops returning home". The Times (36821). London. 16 July 1902. p. 11. 
  6. ^ "No. 27563". The London Gazette. 10 June 1903. p. 3717. 
  7. ^ Scottish Mortgage Trust: History Archived 25 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "No. 28171". The London Gazette. 26 October 1914. p. 6225. 
  9. ^ "No. 28332". The London Gazette. 26 October 1914. p. 620. 
  10. ^ "No. 28952". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 October 1914. p. 8616.