Bailie worked as a domestic engineer and ran a foundry that produced ironworks in Ballymena. He joined the Ulster Unionist Party and served on various public boards before being elected to the Senate of Northern Ireland in 1955, serving until his death in 1967. From 1962 to 1963, he was a Deputy Speaker of the Senate.
- John F. Harbinson, The Ulster Unionist Party, 1882-1973, p.205
- Members of the Northern Ireland Senate, 1921-72, Northern Ireland Elections