Thomas Fairbairn (m. Elspeth REDPATH)1

(circa 1790 - 17 Oct 1854)
Father-AssmdRobert Fairbairn (say 1750 - ); naming pattern fits, both have Gordon connections2,3
Mother-AssmdMargaret Patterson2,3 (say 1750 - )


     Thomas Fairbairn was born circa 1790 at Gordon, BEW, SCT.4
     Thomas Fairbairn married Elspeth Redpath on 18 Dec 1807 at Canongate, Edinburgh, MLN, SCT.1,4,5,6
     Thomas Fairbairn married Betsy Nicholson on 8 Jul 1840 at Ottawa, ONT, CAN.7,8
     Thomas Fairbairn died on 17 Oct 1854 at Montreal, QUE, CAN.9


     Thomas Fairbairn appeared on the census of bet. 1851 - 1852 at Nepean, Carleton Co., Canada West (ONT), CAN, with Betsy Fairbairn, enumerated as Patsy advises: "In the 1851 census Thomas' brother Robert Fairbairn b. c1779 was visiting him (Robert's usual residence is listed as Gananoque Ontario). I don't have anything else on him at this point. In the census he claims he's married."
Took me a while to find them, as ancestry had indexed them as Farrbarin.
FAIRBAIRN (all b SCT): Thos 61 farmer Free Ch; Betsy 55 Estbd Presby; Peter 25, Elizabeth 26 both labourers, Free Ch; Robert 72 labourer resid (out of town limits) Gannonoque (prev. entry WILLIAMS family, Peter later married Jane).2,8

DNA Info

     Thomas belongs to a tested line in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Follow this link for supplementary DNA information.


     Thomas Fairbairn is the ancestor of researcher Patty Brown. (See Montreal Fairbairns) Email: Patty.10,11


Elspeth Redpath (circa May 1789 - Jul 1839)
  • Helen Fairbairn1 (1808 - )
  • Margaret Fairbairn1 (1811 - )
  • Robert Fairbairn1 (1815 - May 1895)
  • John Fairbairn1 (Nov 1817 - Jul 1903)
  • Agnes Fairbairn1 (1819 - )
  • Elizabeth Fairbairn8 (circa 1825 - aft. 1851)
  • Peter Fairbairn5 (circa 1829 - Apr 1881)
ChartsLineage 1b4: Robert & Margaret (PATTERSON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited11 Apr 2012


  1. [S2285] GenForum online at, Thomas & Elspeth (Redpath) FAIRBAIRN, Rideau Canal, posted Aug 2001 by Karen GRANT, extracted Jan 2003.
  2. [S2763] Patty BROWN, "EM FAIRBAIRN/REDPATH ex Patty B," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, 1851 Census, CAN, Robert & Thomas FAIRBAIRN, rcvd Aug 2008.
  3. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Dec 2008.
  4. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Montreal Queries, from, posted by Patty Brown, extracted Jul 2008.
  5. [S5] online at, Marr. 27 Feb 1861 Peter FAIRBURN & Jane WILLIAMS, Ottawa, Carleton, ONT, film 1030062, extracted Jul 2008.
  6. [S3124] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Midlothian, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Marriages 1538-1854", Marr. 18 Dec 1807 Thomas FAIRBAIRN & Elspit REIDPATH, Canongate, Edin. MLN 685/03 0170 0189, extracted Jan 2003.
  7. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Marr. 8 Jul 1840 Thomas FAIRBAIRN & Betsy NICHOLSON, Ottawa, from…, extracted Dec 2011.
  8. [S809] Census image, Canada, via, 1851 Nepean, Carleton Co, Canada West (Ontario) Dist 4 Sub Dist 31 Pg 3 Sched A Roll C_11716, hsehold of Thos & Betsy FAIRBAIRN, extracted Oct 2008.
  9. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Dth 17 Oct 1854 Thomas FAIRBAIRN, Montreal, QUE, from a query submitted by Patty Brown, online at…, extracted Jan 2010.
  10. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) John FAIRBAIRN 1817-1903 from Histoire de la Corporation de la Cite de Montreal 1903, in Montreal Queries, from, posted by Patty Brown, extracted Jul 2008.
  11. [S2763] Patty BROWN, "EM FAIRBAIRN/REDPATH ex Patty B," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Jul 2008.
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