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Archibald Fairbairn (abt. 1735)

Archibald [uncertain] Fairbairn
Born about in Roxburghshire or Berwickshire, Scotlandmap [uncertain]
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Archibald, if that is actually his name, is estimated to have been born some time around 1735, possibly on the Borders, either on the Scottish side, or Northumberland, England.

He may, or may not be the Archibald who married Marion Dickson at Smailholm in 1756. [1] [2]

This tenuous connection being from recent (Dec 2023) exploration of the family of Isabel (Fairbairn) Oliver (1767-abt.1839), Isabel being "of Smailholm" when she married James Oliver in 1792.[3]

Links ?Archibald? on Lorna's web pages[4]

Research notes

?Archibald? has to exist as father of at least one of the linked children because of the pattern of FAIRBAIRN DNA results.



BigY matches show descendants of both William Fairbairn (1790-1872), his brother John Fairbairn (1792-1847) and of Archibald Fairbairn (abt.1760-aft.1800) as all share I-BY21381 (see FTDNA Discover for the current branching)
The y67 test for the documented descendant of Robert Fairbairn (abt.1729-aft.1771) could not be upgraded to BigY unfortunately, but is a good match at that level.
If you are, or know of, a direct male line descendant of Robert Fairbairn, please get in touch, we have a "test the water" starter yDNA y37 test on offer for you. Henderson-2297


Growing clusters of matches exist between descendants of the children currently linked to this placeholder Fairbairn.
Do please upload your DNA file to any /all of the sites offering uploads as you never know who you are going to find on the sites you aren't currently on.


  1. Marriage: "Scotland, Parish Marriages & Banns 1561-1893", FindMyPast Transcription (accessed 5 December 2023), Marion Dickson marriage to Achibald (sic) Fairbairn on 18 Feb 1757 in Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland.
  2. Marriage: "Scotland, Parish Marriages & Banns 1561-1893", Reference: OPR 753/1; Page: 29, FindMyPast Transcription (accessed 5 December 2023), Marion Dickson marriage to Archibald Fairbairn on 10 Jan 1756 in Nenthorn, Berwickshire, Scotland.
  3. Marriage: "Scotland, Parish Marriages & Banns 1561-1893", FindMyPast Transcription (accessed 5 December 2023), James Oliver marriage to Isabel Fairbairn in 1792 in Scotland.
  4. FTDNA FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project


WikiTree profile Fairbairn-41 created through the import of HENDERSONLornaAncestorsPlus1Desc4WikiTree.ged on Oct 18, 2011 by L Henderson

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Archibald by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Archibald:

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