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James Fairbairn (abt. 1765 - aft. 1810)

James Fairbairn
Born about in Berwickshire, Scotlandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married Aug 1794 in Legerwood, Berwickshire, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Father of
Died after after about age 45 [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 16 Oct 2021 | Last significant change: 4 Dec 2022
07:49: Lorna Henderson edited the Biography for James Fairbairn (abt.1765-aft.1810). (Assorted changes from new source. Research notes. ) [Thank Lorna for this]
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James was born about 1765.[1] He passed away after 1810.

From 1794 at least he was the tenant in Westmoriston.


Husband: James Fairbairn
Wife: Isobel Tait

Married Aug 1794 Legerwood, Berwickshire, Scotland

OPR entry dated Aug 1794 reads: James Fairbairn and Isobel Tait both in this parish were married.[2]


Violet Fairbairn [3]
Agnes Fairbairn [4]
Margaret Fairbairn
Isobel Fairbairn
Janet Fairbairn [5]
John Fairbairn [6]
Isabel Fairbairn
James Fairbairn
Ralph Fairbairn [7][8]

Research notes

James' parents?

The Scottish naming pattern, assuming both that they followed it, and we know about all the children, indicates they might be a John and Agnes.
My theory was that they were John Fairbairn and Agnes Gibson, John being highly likely to be the son of the John Fairbairn married to Magdalen Bo.
However the provision of a revised headstone transcription for John and Agnes' Earlston headstone[9] has however muddied those waters, as Agnes looks to have died in 1762. Options are under review! Henderson-2297 07:49, 4 December 2022 (UTC)

Contemporary James Fairbairn options

James is one of two contemporary James Fairbairns in the Legerwood OPRs.
The other was at "Carrolside milln" for the baptisms of his children from 1788 to Apr 1794, and given that this James married in Aug 1794, and a grandson was a miller, it wasn't beyond the bounds of possibility that they were one and the same person - until a baptism was found that explicitly named the mother for the Carrolside James - that for a William in 1802 to James and Agnes (BRACK) of Carrolside Mill .



Descendants of James married to Isobel Tait, and of James married to Elizabeth Purves have tested BigY700, being an excellent match which formed a new sub branch at I-FTB39538.
Keep an eye on the yFull and FTDNA block tree versions that get posted to the Guild of One Name Studies Fairbairn pages as updates ensue.


  1. 1765 Baptism: 9 Jan James s/o John FAIRBAIRN, Miller, Mellerstain Mill. Image available ScotalndsPeople. Ref. Earlston (Berwick) 736/00 0010 0137
  2. 1784 Marriage: Aug James FAIRBAIRN & Isobel TAIT, Legerwood, BEW, image available ScotlandsPeople, 749/00 0010 0143
  3. Birth 24 Nov Bap. 16 Dec 1794 Violet dau. of James Fairbairn, image available ScotlandsPeople Legerwood (BEW), 749/ 0010 0146
    entry reads: James Fairbairn tenant in Westmoriston had a Daughter born on the 24th of Novr and Baptized on the 16th of Decr named Violet
  4. Birth 21 Jul Bap. 4 Aug 1796 Agness dau. o James Fairbairn, image available ScotlandsPeople: Legerwood (BEW), 749/ 0010 0148
    entry reads: "James Fairbairn Tenant in Westmoriston had a Daughter born on the 21st Jul & Baptized on the 4th August Named Agness."
  5. Bap.(?) 2 Jun 1802 Janet d/o James FAIRBAIRN & Isable TAIT, Legerwood, BEW 749/ 0010 0158, from OPR index ScotlandsPeople
  6. Bap.(?) 17 Jul 1804 John s/o James FAIRBAIRN & Isabel TAIT, Legerwood, BEW, 749/ 0010 0164, from OPR index ScotlandsPeople
  7. Bap.(?) 24 Dec 1810 Ralph s/o James FAIRBAIRN & Isabella TAIT, from ScotlandsPeople OPR index: Dalkeith, MLN, 683/00 0050 02895
  8. is this son Ralph the baker down in Birmingham?
  9. Earlston MI: from earlier transcript around 1967, when stone was more legible, than when those published around 2005. Kindly provided by the Borders Family History Society Research Officer

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