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Robert Fairbairn (abt. 1775 - bef. 1841)

Robert Fairbairn
Born about in Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 4 Jan 1800 in Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 66 in Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap [uncertain]
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Robert Fairbairn [1]

Robert is presumed to have been born around 1775, probably in Roxburghshire.

He is also presumed to have died between 1821 and 1841, possibly at Maxton, Roxburghshire where he was living when wife Margaret died. [2]

Robert may, or may not be, the Robert Fairbairn listed in 1799 on the Militia List as servant to John Milne, farmer at Whitehill, Melrose [3]

From at least 1801 to 1803 Robert and wife Margaret were living at Broomhill, Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland when they baptized two of their children (Robert, 1801, and Isabel, 1803)

By 1811 Robert was a hynd living at Peasehill, Par. of Melrose, Roxburghshire when daughter Agnes baptized (having been born in 1810).

1813-1814 baptisms to Robert and Margaret showed the family had moved to St Boswells (Francis and Margaret).

By 1817, baptism of son John showed them living at Maxton, which is where Robert's wife Margaret died in 1821.

Family info

Husband: Robert Fairbairn
Wife: Peggy Elliot
Married 4 Jan 1800 Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland
entry reads: "Booked for marriage Robert Fairbairn and Peggy Elliot both in this parish Cautioner Mr James Milne" [4]
Children: [5]
Robert Fairbairn
Isabel Fairbairn (married William Bookless) [6]
Francis Fairbairn (died Aug 1805 aged 6 weeks, at Peasehill)
Jalah Sinna Fairbairn (married Peter Dodds) [7]
Agnes Fairbairn (married George Heatlie) [8]
Francis Fairbairn
Margaret Fairbairn
John Fairbairn (married Catherine Millar) [9]


Robert on the FamilySearch tree
Robert on the Fairbairn One Name Study


  1. Source #S56: Dth 13 Jan 1885 John marr. to Catherine MILLAR; son of Robert FAIRBAIRN & Margaret ELLIOT, reg. Smailholm ROX Dist 805 Pg 1 #2
  2. Robert not immediately obvious in 1841 census
  3. Source #S1: Militia List: 1799 Robert FAIRBAIRN, Servant to Mr James MILNE, farmer, Whitehill, Melrose
  4. Source #S55: Marr. 4 Jan 1800 Robert FAIRBAIRN & Peggy ELLIOT, Melrose, OPR
  5. Source #S55: Baptism / burial registers for Melrose, St Boswells, Maxton
  6. Source #S56: Dth 4 Nov 1882 Isabel BOOKLESS, marr to William BOOKLESS; Dtr of Robert FAIRBAIRN & Isabella (sic believed to be Margaret instead), Heiton Mill, Par. of Roxburgh, 801/2 #4
  7. Source #S56: Dth 19 Feb 1888 Seenie DODDS, d/o Robert FAIRBAIRN & Margaret ELLIOT, aged 79, reg. Kelso, ROX, 793 #9
  8. Source #S56: Dth 28 Nov 1883 Agnes HEATLIE d/o Robert FAIRBAIRN & Margaret ELLIOTT, wife of George HEATLIE, Kelso, ROX 793 #79
  9. Source #S56: Dth 13 Jan 1885 John marr. to Catherine MILLAR; son of Robert FAIRBAIRN & Margaret ELLIOT, reg. Smailholm ROX Dist 805 Pg 1 #2

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