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Archibald Fairbairn (abt. 1783 - 1842)

Archibald Fairbairn
Born about in Par. of Whitsome and Hilton, Berwickshire, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1 Apr 1810 in St Boswells, Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 59 in St Boswells, Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap
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Archibald Fairbairn was born about 1783 to Archibald Fairbairn.[1] and Alison Crosser.

Baptized 16 MAR 1783 Par. of Whitsome & Hilton, Berwickshire, Scotland

father Archibald was a hynd, resident on the now extinct farm of Whitsome Vaults, no mother mentioned so it may not be this Archibald he belongs too, and although he is a tad earlier than I would expect for someone saying he was 50 in the 1841 census, Archibald and Alison (CROSSER) did have a son (my Walter) who said he was born in Swinton, which is very close. In addition, the 1841 shows that he wasn't born in Roxburghshire, which does add some weight to this theory So on balance, I ( Lorna) believe it is highly likely to be this Archibald's baptism[2][1]

Died MAY 1842 St Boswells, Roxburghshire, Scotland

Wife Janet shows up in 1851 as a widow living with son Walter, and there's a mortcloth payment of 3/- on May 22nd for "Archd Fairbairn" in the St Boswells OPR[3]

Buried 22 MAY 1842 St Boswells, , Roxburghshire, Scotland

(date assumes the mortcloth was paid for the day he was buried)[3]


Husband: Archibald Fairbairn
Wife: Janet Scott

Married 01 APR 1810 St Boswells, , Roxburghshire, Scotland

OPR and igi only give husband's name as A., but subsequent children's christenings give Archibald as father, so I assume it was Archibald who married Janet


Helen Fairbairn (1811-abt.1847)
Archibald Fairbairn (1813-aft.1861)v
John Fairbairn (1816-1890)
Alison (Fairbairn) Chisholm (1819-1876)
Walter Fairbairn (1821-1894)
Margaret Fairbairn (1824-aft.1851)
Jeany Fairbairn (1826-)
Catharine Fairbairn (1829-aft.1851)


6 Jun 1841 Greenwells Genburney, Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland[4]

Name Sex Age Occupation Birth Place
Archibald Fairburn M 50 ag lab Scotland
Janet Fairburn F 40 Roxburghshire, Scotland
Helen Fairburn F 25 Roxburghshire, Scotland
Walter Fairburn M 15 Roxburghshire, Scotland
Catherine Fairburn F 12 Roxburghshire, Scotland
John Fairburn M 20 Roxburghshire, Scotland


In support of the connection to the Archibald Fairbairn who married Alison Crosser are DNA matches, both autosomal and BigY, between descendants of this Archibald and of his assumed siblings.

Research notes

Archibald's birth

The baptism shown here for Archibald has been selected as the most likely for the reasons stated above. His age in the 1841 census does however conflict somewhat with this even taking into account the rounding down to nearest multiple of 5 that occurs in that census. Mind you, wife Janet's age is well out too! Henderson-2297


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bap. 1783 Archibald s/o Archibald (hynd, resident Whitsome Vaults), from Whitsome 1-place study: Lesley R, Url removed as now invalid; was back in Dec 2007
  2. IGI: FAIRBAIRN extract, 1993/4 Publication: 1993 & 1994 addenda
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mortcloth 22 May 1842 Archd Fairbairn, St Boswells, 804/00 0255, copy d/loaded from ScotlandsPeople, May 2009
  4. 1841 Census: "1841 England, Wales & Scotland Census", Reference: -; Piece number: -; Page: -; Schedule: 76, FindMyPast Transcription (accessed 16 April 2023), Janet Fairburn (40) in Greenwells Genburney, Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland.


  • WikiTree profile Fairbairn-32 created through the import of HENDERSONLornaAncestorsPlus1Desc4WikiTree.ged on Oct 18, 2011 by L Henderson. Updated after merge of Fairbairn-372 from import of FairbairnArchibaldScottJanet3Gen4WikiTreeJun2013PlaceUpdated.ged on Jun 26, 2013. (Reference: 14249)

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