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Robert Fairbairn (bef. 1809 - aft. 1854)

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Robert Fairbairn
Born before in Eckford, Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotlandmap
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Died after [location unknown]
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Robert Fairbairn

Born between 1789 and 1809 Eckford, Roxburghshire, Scotland

this range depending on whether the 1851 census scribble for an age is 42, 52 or 62

Died between 1854 and 1886 possibly Liverpool, Lancashire, England

ie after last known child born and when wife Elizabeth finally describes herself as a widow

Married 26 Sep 1847 Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Husband: Robert Fairbairn
Wife: Elizabeth Young
entry reads: "Robert Fairbairn and Elizabeth Young both in this parish" [1]
John b. abt 1843 Coldstream (may belong to either Elizabeth or a prior marriage for Robert?)
Robert b. 1848 Cambuslang
Margaret Alison b. abt 1850 Hamilton
James b. abt 1852 Scotland
George b. 1854 Liverpool



yet to be found

1851 Bothwell, Royal Burgh of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland

FAIRBAIRN : Robert 52 (unclear, could be 62 or 42, latter seems more likely) civil engineer b Eckford, ROX; Wife Elizabeth 29 b Dumbarton, DNB; Children: John 7 scholar b Coldstream, BEW; Robert 3 b Glasgow, Margaret 1 b Hamilton; Serv Jean ?Brown? 16.
Ancestry transcription had FACOBAION, with Robert born Eclford, Robegurghshire, and John born "Caloshean", with them all living in hsehold of Thomas (50 coachmaker b Hamilton) & Catherine (30 b Hamilton) CATHELL who is actually the 2nd prior entry entirely (an uninhabited building in between) [2]


wife Elizabeth and family living St Mary at Bow, Tower Hamlets, Middlesex, Elizabeth describing herself as wife, married


Robert on the Fairbairn One Name Study pages


Several trees show Robert as the son of Thomas and Jane (CULLEN) FAIRBAIRN, but the married civil engineer in Hamilton in 1851 is unlikely to also be enumerated with his parents as an unmarried carter in the same census

Research notes

The Robert dying in 1861 at Newcastle upon Tyne was 58, so born around 1803 [3]


  1. Source #S55: Marr. proclamation 26 Sep 1847 Robert FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeth YOUNG, Blantyre, LKS, OPR624/0040 0174
  2. Source #S1 1851: Par. of Hamilton, LKS Reg. 647 ED 3A Pg 40 sched 171, hsehold of Robert & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN (image copy from Roger W. held)
  3. GRO Death index online: Dth 1861 Q2 Robert FAIRBAIRN, aged 58, ref. Newcastle upon Tyne, Volume 10B Page 16
  • Source S1: Census transcriptions for Scotland via
  • Source S55: ScotlandsPeople Old Parish Registers (pre 1855)

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