Thomas Faed was a Scottish painter born in Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire, and was the brother of John Faed.
He received his art education in the school of design, Edinburgh, and was elected an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1849. He came to London three years later, was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1861, and academician in 1864, and retired in 1893. He had much success as a painter of the domestic genre, and had considerable executive capacity.
Three of his paintings are in the Tate Gallery and a further two in the Aberdeen Art Gallery. The Last of the Clan, completed in 1865 and arguable his best known work, is in the Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow. Faed died in London in 1900.