Born in Maybole, South Ayrshire, Scotland, Aird joined the 2nd Dragoons as a cornet on 20 August 1784. After serving with the Duke of York on the Continent in 1793-5, he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1799 and then transferred to the Royal Waggon Train as a Captain on 2 May 1800; promotion to Major followed on 27 October 1808; to brevet Lieutenant Colonel on 2 June 1814 and to Lieutenant-Colonel on 4 May 1815.
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