General David Baird was the general at the Siege of Seringapatam.

Appearing in Sharpe's Tiger, he was described as a huge Scotsman, broad faced and dark haired with muscles like a coal heaver. He disliked Wellesley, and resented that they were co-seconds in command.

He hated Indians, having spent time in the dungeons of Hyder Ali the Tipoo Sultan, manacled to a wall for much of the time, and he dreamed of taking the city and exacting his revenge.