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Lidgatehead, Fanns, Earlston, Berwickshire (marr. abt 1710)
Believed to incorporate the familes of
  • the Rev John FAIRBAIRN at Greenlaw,
  • James & Elizabeth (PURVES) FAIRBAIRN at Hallyburton,
  • John & Isabel (TAIT) FAIRBAIRN at West Morriston, Legerwood,
Charts only show those I have researched, only descendants still with the surname FAIRBAIRN, and their spouses, and usually only deceased FAIRBAIRN family members. Exceptions include direct lines down to researchers included elsewhere on the site, or for DNA project participants who have agreed to be shown in the latter project. Should you wish to be included in your relevant chart, please contact the webmistress, using the link in the page footer.
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The DNA tested descendants shows that this family belongs to DNA Lineage 1, fairly close to the modal for all of the Lineage 1 FAIRBAIRNs.
DNA Tested Line
  • John0 Fairbairn (m. Magdalen BO) (say 1685 - circa 1721)
    • Magdalen Bo (say 1685 - aft. 1722)
      • Isabel1 Fairbairn (circa Mar 1713 - )
      • Jean1 Fairbairn (circa Jan 1715 - )
      • John1 Fairbairn (m. Agnes GIBSON) (circa Jan 1717 - Dec 1793)
        • Agnes Gibson (say 1720 - say 1805)
          • John2 Fairbairn (circa 1760 - bet. 1841 - 1851)
            • Jane Romanis (say 1775 - bet. 1808 - 1841)
              • Helen3 Fairbairn (circa 1805 - Mar 1887)
              • John3 Fairbairn (circa 1806 - Oct 1879)
                • Janet Scott (circa 1807 - Dec 1891)
                  • John J.4 Fairbairn (Dec 1848 - Sep 1938)
                    • Elizabeth Bruce (circa 1842 - Nov 1923)
                  • Thomas S.4 Fairbairn (Sep 1851 - Mar 1876)
              • Agnes3 Fairbairn (circa 1808 - Nov 1877)
          • Isabel2 Fairbairn (circa Nov 1761 - )
            • John Miles (say 1760 - )
          • Agnes2 Fairbairn (circa Jul 1763 - )
            • Robert Laidlaw (say 1770 - )
          • James2 Fairbairn (circa Jan 1765 - bet. 1810 - 1841)
            • Isabel Tait (say 1770 - bet. 1810 - 1841)
              • Violet3 Fairbairn (Nov 1794 - )
              • Agness3 Fairbairn (Jul 1796 - )
              • Margaret3 Fairbairn (Jul 1798 - )
              • Isobel3 Fairbairn (May 1800 - bet. 1802 - 1806)
              • Janet3 Fairbairn (circa Jun 1802 - )
              • John3 Fairbairn (circa 1804 - Jul 1876)
                • Helen Martin (circa 1801 - 1886)
                  • William4 Fairbairn (circa 1829 - aft. 1841)
                  • James4 Fairbairn (circa 1833 - 1894)
                    • Elizabeth Collins (circa 1837 - 1873)
                      • Aaron C.5 Fairbairn (Jan 1868 - )
                      • John C.5 Fairbairn (Feb 1870 - May 1940)
                        • Hannah S. Graham (circa 1871 - )
                          • James6 Fairbairn (circa 1900 - )
                          • Cyril A.6 Fairbairn (Dec 1905 - )
                          • Walter6 Fairbairn (Jan 1908 - aft. 1956)
                            • Dorothy UnknownSurname (Sep 1906 - aft. 1956)
                      • James5 Fairbairn (May 1873 - Jun 1950)
                        • Winifred Hallowes (bet. Jun 1879 - Sep 1879 - bet. Mar 1946 - Jun 1946)
                          • Michael D. H.6 Fairbairn (bet. Sep 1921 - Dec 1921 - Aug 1963)
                        • Helen M. H. Clelland (circa 1902 - )
                  • Rev Andrew M.4 Fairbairn (Nov 1838 - Feb 1912)
                    • Jane Y. Shields (May 1843 - Jan 1927)
                      • John S.5 Fairbairn (Dec 1868 - Jan 1944)
                      • Andrew M.5 Fairbairn (Oct 1870 - 1956)
                      • Barbara S.5 Fairbairn (circa 1873 - aft. 1901)
                      • Helen M.5 Fairbairn (circa 1875 - Nov 1960)
                        • Sir Robert R. Scott KCB (Dec 1877 - Mar 1960)
                  • Agnes D.4 Fairbairn (circa 1840 - May 1916)
                  • Joan4 Fairbairn (circa 1844 - aft. 1916)
              • Isabel3 Fairbairn (circa Jul 1806 - )
              • James3 Fairbairn (circa Jul 1808 - Aug 1861)
                • Isabella Niven (circa 1811 - bet. 1851 - 1861)
                  • James4 Fairbairn (circa Nov 1833 - bet. 1881 - 1891)
                    • Margaret UnknownSurname ?Anderson (circa 1846 - aft. 1897)
                      • William5 Fairbairn (circa 1866 - aft. 1881)
                      • Margaret5 Fairbairn (circa 1869 - aft. 1891)
                      • John5 Fairbairn (Aug 1872 - aft. 1911)
                        • Elizabeth Williams (circa 1874 - aft. 1901)
                          • John6 Fairbairn (circa 1897 - aft. 1901)
                          • Leonard6 Fairbairn (circa 1909 - )
                      • James5 Fairbairn (Aug 1872 - Jun 1948)
                  • Isabella4 Fairbairn (circa 1840 - aft. 1861)
                  • John4 Fairbairn (circa 1844 - say 1883)
                    • Margaret M. Renton (circa 1850 - Nov 1922)
                  • William4 Fairbairn (circa 1846 - aft. 1861)
                  • Edward4 Fairbairn (circa 1850 - aft. 1891)
              • Ralph3 Fairbairn (Dec 1810 - )
          • Rachel2 Fairbairn (circa Apr 1766 - )
      • Isabel1 Fairbairn (circa Feb 1719 - )
      • Margaret1 Fairbairn (circa Sep 1720 - )
      • James1 Fairbairn (m. Elizabeth PURVES) (circa Jan 1722 - Oct 1808)
        • Elizabeth Purves (circa 1732 - Mar 1808)
          • Magdalen2 Fairbairn (circa Sep 1760 - )
            • Peter Mack (say 1760 - )
          • James2 Fairbairn (circa Aug 1762 - bet. 1841 - 1851)
          • Margaret2 Fairbairn (circa Jan 1765 - Nov 1811)
            • Peter Purves (circa 1746 - Jan 1821)
          • Elizabeth2 Fairbairn (circa May 1767 - )
          • John2 Fairbairn (circa 1772 - Jul 1824)
            • Jessie Johnston (circa Oct 1781 - Aug 1861)
              • James3 Fairbairn (circa 1804 - Feb 1863)
                • Annie H. Plummer (circa Apr 1815 - 1888)
                  • Annie4 Fairbairn (circa 1842 - )
                    • Ferdinand F. Armytage (Jan 1844 - 1889)
                  • John4 Fairbairn (circa 1845 - aft. 1851)
              • Rev Patrick3 Fairbairn DD (Jan 1805 - Aug 1874)
                • Margaret Pitcairn (Jun 1807 - May 1837)
                  • John4 Fairbairn (Jan 1833 - Oct 1874)
                    • Mary A. Houghton (say 1840 - )
                      • Patrick5 Fairbairn (1862 - Sep 1921)
                        • Elsie P. Barton (1884 - 1950)
                          • George6 Fairbairn (1906 - )
                          • John6 Fairbairn
                          • Jessie6 Fairbairn
                          • Gladys6 Fairbairn
                      • John H.5 Fairbairn (Jan 1866 - Mar 1925)
                        • Mary A. B. Vernon (Nov 1871 - Sep 1930)
                          • John L. P.6 Fairbairn (Sep 1892 - Jun 1937)
                            • Jessie Kay (circa 1895 - Jul 1957)
                              • Jack V.7 Fairbairn (Mar 1922 - Oct 2012)
                              • Barbara M.7 Fairbairn (Feb 1926 - Aug 1983)
                              • Margaret P.7 Fairbairn (Nov 1931 - Sep 2004)
                      • Margaret P.5 Fairbairn (1871 - 1947)
                        • Edwin G. Webber (circa 1865 - 1941)
                  • Alexander4 Fairbairn (Oct 1835 - )
                • Mary Playfair (circa 1808 - Dec 1852)
                  • Patrick P.4 Fairbairn (Sep 1840 - Mar 1910)
                    • Jane M. McTaggart (Dec 1841 - Jun 1887)
                      • Fanny5 Fairbairn
                      • Mary5 Fairbairn (circa 1868 - aft. 1881)
                        • James Slater (say 1868 - )
                      • Patrick5 Fairbairn (Oct 1868 - Dec 1936)
                        • Anna C. E. Wilkie (Aug 1863 - Mar 1929)
                          • George P.6 Fairbairn (Jan 1893 - aft. 1917)
                            • Alice Cooke (say 1895 - )
                          • Herbert A.6 Fairbairn (circa 1894 - aft. 1920)
                            • Helen R. Souter (say 1895 - )
                          • Frank6 Fairbairn (circa 1902 - aft. 1916)
                      • Janie5 Fairbairn (say 1870 - )
                        • John Slater
                      • John5 Fairbairn (Dec 1873 - )
                      • Helen5 Fairbairn (May 1876 - )
                        • Percy Hemery
                      • Thomas5 Fairbairn (Dec 1877 - )
                        • Louise I. UnknownSurname
                          • Edward P.6 Fairbairn
                          • Hector G.6 Fairbairn
                          • Derrick I.6 Fairbairn
                    • Olivia Hohenkerk (say 1870 - )
                      • Alec5 Fairbairn (Jul 1895 - aft. 1910)
                      • Harold5 Fairbairn (Nov 1898 - aft. 1959)
                        • Grace J. UnknownSurname (Feb 1893 - aft. 1958)
                      • Norman G.5 Fairbairn (circa 1900 - aft. 1954)
                        • Marion Wilson (circa 1901 - aft. 1954)
                  • Jane J.4 Fairbairn (circa 1843 - aft. 1851)
                  • Thomas P.4 Fairbairn (Mar 1848 - Nov 1877)
                  • Mary A. E.4 Fairbairn (Dec 1852 - May 1934)
                • Frances E. Turnbull (circa Sep 1817 - Jan 1903)
              • John3 Fairbairn (Revd m. WILSON, TURNBULL) (Feb 1808 - Apr 1895)
                • Mary Wilson (circa 1813 - Jul 1843)
                  • John4 Fairbairn (Aug 1839 - Jan 1903)
                    • Jessie Taylor (Sep 1851 - Jul 1906)
                      • James F. C.5 Fairbairn (1872 - 1874)
                      • Jessie M. W.5 Fairbairn (Sep 1873 - Nov 1936)
                      • Margaret R.5 Fairbairn (Sep 1874 - Jun 1930)
                      • John S.5 Fairbairn (Nov 1875 - Jun 1946)
                        • Gertrude Redmund (Jan 1893 - )
                          • Winifred M.6 Fairbairn
                          • Ian S.6 Fairbairn (Feb 1919 - Aug 2011)
                            • Joyce UnknownSurname (say 1920 - bef. 2011)
                      • Emily R.5 Fairbairn (Jan 1877 - circa 1955)
                      • William N.5 Fairbairn (Jan 1878 - circa 1939)
                      • Winifred T.5 Fairbairn (Mar 1879 - 1966)
                      • Alfred C.5 Fairbairn (Jun 1880 - Dec 1880)
                      • Douglas L.5 Fairbairn (Feb 1888 - Jul 1957)
                        • Amelia E. Hawkins (Feb 1894 - Mar 1924)
                        • Grace E. M. Wilson (say 1890 - )
                • Agnes C. Turnbull (circa 1812 - Jul 1887)
              • Margaret3 Fairbairn (1810 - Oct 1891)
              • George3 Fairbairn (Apr 1816 - Jul 1895)
                • Virginia C. Armytage (1833 - Apr 1912)
                  • George4 Fairbairn (Mar 1855 - 1943)
                    • Jessie K. Prell (1860 - 1921)
                      • George5 Fairbairn (1881 - 1886)
                      • Alison M.5 Fairbairn (1884 - )
                      • Clive P.5 Fairbairn (1885 - May 1961)
                        • Marjorie R. Jowett (1891 - 1951)
                          • Sir David E.6 Fairbairn KBE DFC (Mar 1917 - Jun 1994)
                  • James4 Fairbairn (1857 - 1891)
                    • Jane Smith (circa 1856 - )
                  • Charles4 Fairbairn (Aug 1858 - 1925)
                    • Elizabeth Osborne (1869 - Oct 1919)
                      • Charles O.5 Fairbairn (May 1893 - 1959)
                        • Irene F. Ridley (circa 1900 - 1974)
                      • James V.5 Fairbairn (Jul 1897 - Aug 1940)
                        • Daisy O. Forrester (say 1900 - )
                          • Geoffrey F.6 Fairbairn (Oct 1924 - Sep 1980)
                  • Thomas4 Fairbairn (Sep 1860 - bet. Jan 1918 - Mar 1918)
                    • Margaret L. Simpson ( - aft. Sep 1918)
                      • George E.5 Fairbairn (Aug 1888 - Jun 1915)
                  • Stephen4 Fairbairn (Aug 1862 - May 1938)
                    • ?
                      • Sydney G.5 Fairbairn (1892 - Jan 1943)
                        • ?
                          • John6 Fairbairn
                      • Stephen I.5 Fairbairn (Apr 1896 - Dec 1968)
                        • Cynthia I. T. Arbuthnot (Jan 1898 - Jul 1989)
                          • Jennifer S.6 Fairbairn (Dec 1927 - May 1996)
                    • Ellen Sharwood (1874 - 1942)
                  • Jessie M.4 Fairbairn (1864 - 1938)
                    • James W. M. Lumsden (bef. 1860 - )
                    • John S. Braithwaite (1874 - )
                  • Frederick W.4 Fairbairn OBE (1865 - Feb 1925)
                    • Rhoda J. McLeod (1870 - aft. 1927)
                      • Capt Gordon A.5 Fairbairn (Jun 1892 - Nov 1973)
                        • Ileene W. F. Hastings (Feb 1898 - )
DNA Tested Line