My background:

These pages grew out of a long term interest in trying to solve a brick wall in my family tree, that of Archibald FAIRBAIRN and Alison CROSSER, who had children baptised at the Gateshaw Sessions at Morebattle around the 1790s. See my web pages for this particular FAIRBAIRN family.

How things grew:

In an attempt to break down this brick wall, and satisfy my curiousity as to how the assorted FAIRBAIRN families may or may not be related, back in Oct 2007 I set up the DNA project to see what might be found. So far, most of the Scottish Borders FAIRBAIRNs are proving to be related, somehow, and there are still several other main lines out there we need to find willing representatives for (see the Wanted! pages, and do please join us).

What happened next:

The next natural extension was therefore to create an official FAIRBAIRN Surname One Name Study (ONS). And so this web site was born.
This study is registered with the GOONS (Guild of One Name Studies), having been split out from the existing FAIRBURN one (the DNA project encompasses both/all versions of the surname).
There is more than enough work to keep both of us busy!

And what should happen now:

Anyone with extracted data to include or published pedigrees they wish these pages to link to is welcome to get in touch and help make these pages a useful resource for the surname, keeping an eye on the growing Guild hosted website for more information.

Follow project progess via the ONS Diary link above right.

NB living people are only included with their agreement to be so shown.


In general, for people and their related places, events will show placenames spelt in full, possibly using standardised spelling for the latter.
Research for an area is intended to be concentrated under a heading for that area, and County and Country names are abbreviated using Chapman Codes, with the Surname and County code in capitals so they stand out in indexes on the site eg FAIRBAIRN ROX(SCT).
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