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John Fairbairn (abt. 1788 - 1863)

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John Fairbairn
Born about in Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotlandmap
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Died in Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap
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John Fairbairn

Died 27 Jun 1863 Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland

married, farmer, 77, s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Helen m.s. ATCHINSON, cod ?lochurea"? 10 days, inf widow Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, present, reg Jul 2nd Smailholm [1]

Married 1: 23 Dec 1808 Gordon, Berwickshire, Scotland

Husband: John Fairbairn
Wife: Janet Henderson [2]
Margaret Fairbairn (1816-1888) [3]
William Fairbairn (1817-1876) [4]

Married 2: 23 Dec 1856 Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland

Husband: John Fairbairn
Wife: Elizabeth Jaffrey
cert. shows John as 68, farmer, widower, of Yarlside, s/o John FAIRBAIRN ag lab dec'd and Helen m.s. AITCHISON (the dec'd is written between the Helen and AITCHISON so may apply only to John or to Helen?); Elizabeth (JAFFREY) as 19 resid Yarlside, hse servant d/o John JEFFREY blacksmtih and Janet JAFFREY (sic) m.s. Wyte?, again dec'd written between Janet and JEFFREY, so may apply to both or either); Marr. after banns, est. Ch, Wit: James HENDERSON & James JEFFREY[5]


1841 Yarlside, Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland

FAIRBAIRN: John, farmer, Janet assumed to be wife, both 50. Assumed children: Helen, ag fem lab, 15; Andrew ag lab, 15; Jessie 12, Robert 10, Anne 8; Same farm, next entry as separate "hsehold" John FAIRBAIRN 20 ag lab, William SHILLINGLAW 15 ag lab. All b Cty [6]

1851 Yarlside, Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland

FAIRBAIRN: John 63 farmer 219 ac 4 emp b Earlstoun, BEW; wife Janet 60 b Gordon, BEW; Children: Robert 19 ag lab son b Greenlaw, BEW; Ann 17 ag lab dtr b Earlstoun, BEW; Servant: More COCKBURN, 15 b Cranstoun, MLN; Next sched. Andrew 25 farm lab b Greenlaw; wife Janet 25 b Earstoun; Children: John 4, George 3, William 3 mths [7]


FAIRBAIRN: John 74 retired farmer b Earlston BEW; wife Elizabeth 23 b Nenthorn, BEW; Brother in law (ancestry has mother in law) John JEFFREY 33 blacksmith jour b Nenthorn BEW [8]


  1. Source #S56: Dth 27 Jun 1863 John FAIRBAIRN, reg. Smailholm ROX Dist 805 Pg 3 #7
  2. Source #S56: Dth 5 Oct 1870 Andrew FAIRBAIRN, reg. Earlston, BEW Dist 736 Pg 9 #27
  3. Source #S56: Dth 3 Jul 1888 Margaret LANDELS nee FAIRBAIRN, reg. Mertoun, BEW Dist 751 pg 2 #5
  4. Source #S1597: Birth 27 May Bap. 18 Jun 1817 William s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Janet HENDERSON, Earlston, BEW, from batch C11736-2 film 1067895
  5. Source #S56: Marr. 23 Dec 1856 John FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeth JAFFREY, Lauder, BEW Dist 748 Pg 6 #12
  6. Source #S820: 1841 census: Yarlside, Earlston, BEW 736/00 003/00 pg 20 Farm of John & Janet FAIRBAIRN, copy held
  7. Source #S203: Earlston, BEW Par 736 ED 2 Pg 26 Sched 88, hsehold of John & Janet FAIRBAIRN
  8. Source #S205: Smailholm, ROX Reg 805 ED 2 Pg 6 Sched 35, hsehold of John & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN
  • Source S820: ScotlandsPeople census images
  • Source S203: 1851 Census for Scotland - transcriptions via
  • Source S205: 1861 Census for Scotland - transcriptions via
  • Source S56: ScotlandsPeople Statutory BDM certificates 1855+
  • Source S1597: Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

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