THE name of Helensburgh’s most famous son, John Logie Baird, is known the world over thanks to his invention of the television.

But it’s one of his lesser-known innovations that features in a brand new exhibition, opened at the Scottish Parliament this week, telling 100 stories of Scotland’s First World War through the eyes of 100 of the country’s best young artists.

Logie Baird’s contribution to the country’s WW1 effort – a special ‘undersock’ aimed at keeping soldiers’ feet warm, clean and dry in the trenches – was created almost a decade before the invention for which he is best known.

Logie Baird himself suffered several health problems in his youth, including constantly cold feet – and in fact was deemed unfit for military service when he tried to enlist in 1914.

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The Logie Baird exhibit in ‘What Do We Learn From All Th1s?’, which opened at the Parliament building at Holyrood on September 4, was created by Tiegan Murray, a second year student at the City of Glasgow College.

Tiegan said: “My idea for this print was to keep the visual to my style of work and work with composition, shape and form.

“I immediately thought of an outline drawing of a skeleton’s foot and how the lines would represent the trenches.

“I chose to add a poppy into my print as it is the symbol of remembrance for the men that lost their lives in the war.

“I did not want to carve any detail into the woodblock as I thought the print was bold and eye catching with the use of simple lines.”

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According to the Helensburgh Heritage Trust website, from which much of the information behind the Logie Baird section of the art installation was drawn, the ‘Baird Undersock’ promised to keep the feet of soldiers on the Western Front in perfect health.

His marketing of the product contained what he claimed to be “testimonials” from soldiers serving in the trenches, including this from Corporal H.G. Roberts: “The Baird Undersocks keep my feet in splendid condition out here in France. Foot trouble is one of our worst enemies, but, thanks to the Baird Undersock, mine are in the ‘pink’, and I think they should be supplied to all soldiers.”

The parliament’s presiding officer, Ken Macintosh MSP, said: “One hundred years on from the First World War, the scale of the devastation and loss of life resulting from this horrific conflict continues to move people, and in this case, to touch and inspire a new generation of young artists.

“Here at the Scottish Parliament, we have been proud to support the events commemorating WW1 and we are pleased to be able to host this powerful and striking exhibition.

“So many of the Scots who lost their lives a century ago were the same age as the artists contributing to a wonderful installation which explores and re-tells their stories.” I have no doubt that this artwork will make an impact on all who take the time to visit.”

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Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, said: “The ‘What Do We Learn From All This?’ project is a fitting culmination to the WW100 Scotland commemorations, allowing young people from across Scotland to tell the stories of World War One through the medium of print.

"It is particularly appropriate that the artworks harness traditional print-making techniques with augmented reality, bringing together old and new.

“World War One affected every village, town and city in Scotland, touching the lives of millions. It is important that we continue to remember the stories of bravery and sacrifice and to ensure they are passed on.

"I hope that many people will visit the Scottish Parliament to see the installation and to reflect on the artworks and the stories behind them."