James Fairbairn (Heriot's Hospital)1,2

(circa Jun 1804 - 17 Nov 1854)
FatherWilliam Fairbairn3,2 (say 1775 - )
MotherIsabel Wood3,2 (say 1780 - )

BDMs

     James Fairbairn was born circa Jun 1804 at Kelso, ROX, SCT.3 He was baptized on 29 Jun 1804 Kelso, ROX.3 Some sources show James as born circa 1805 at Musselburgh, Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, perhaps the parents given on his h/stone shifted to Edinburgh when he was young?4,5,6
     James Fairbairn married Mary Elizabeth Muller on 17 Nov 1828 at Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN, SCT, entry reads: FAIRBAIRN MÜLLER James Fairbairn, Teacher, Residing in No 13 Eastside of Union Street, and Elizabeth Müller, Residing in No 6 Darnaway Street, both in this Parish, Daughter of John Christopher Müller, Musician in Dumfries, have been three times proclaimed in order to Marriage in the Parish Church of St Cuthberts, and no Objections have been Offered (one of several for 17th Nov).4,7,8
     James Fairbairn died on 17 Nov 1854 at Roseburn Cottage, Moffat, DFS, SCT; Dth notice (Caledonian Mercury Mon Nov 20th) reads: "On the 17th current, at Roseburn Cottage, Moffat, James Fairbairn Esq. late of George Heriot's Hospital, Edinburgh. Friends will accept this intimation"
H/stone includes:
full name     age     birth year(calculated)      burial year     relationship     notes
James Fairbairn     49     1805     1854     first name on monument of James Fairbairn     Governor of Heriots Hospital For Upwards of 10 years; died at Moffat; 17th November
Mary Elizabeth Fairbairn nee Müller     62     1810     1872     wife of James Fairbairn     Died at Moffat; 24th June
William Christopher Fairbairn     31     1833     1864     son of James Fairbairn     Surgeon; R. N; died at sea onboard HMS Steady; 15th November
Edward Fairbairn     22     1853     1875     son of James Fairbairn     Youngest son; died at Lagos; west coast of Africa; 13th January.
William Fairbairn                    father of James Fairbairn     Interred here.
Isobel Fairbairn nee Wood                    mother of James Fairbairn     Interred here.9,10,5,11,2
     James Fairbairn was buried on 22 Nov 1854 at Calton New Ground, South Leith, MLN, SCT, entry for 22nd reads: Fairbairn Mr James late House Governor Heriots Hospital died the 17th Nov 1854 at Moffat and is buried in the New Ground In the North lair of his own ground. Aged 49 disease in heart.5
James was rector of the Bathgate Academy, West Lothian from 1836-1844, resigning to become House Governor of Heriot's Hospital where he was appointed as inspector of the schools Feb 1844.
A lead from the Gravestone Photograph Resource provided his parents, which led to finidng his baptism in Kelso, rather than Edinburgh where he thought he was born (no known siblings at this stage, but it is possible that his father was the son of a James & Helen (WOOD) FAIRBAIRN of Selkirk, then Edinburgh).12,1,2,6,13

Census

     James Fairbairn and Mary Elizabeth Muller appeared on the census of 1841 at Neadenry, Par. of Bathgate, WLN, SCT, and are assumed to be husband and wife. They were enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: James 35 teacher ; Elizabeth 25 both b SCT; Assumed children: Mary 12, Willm 8 both b SCT; Jemima 4, Martin 1, all b WLN.14
     The census of 1851 showed James with his wife Mary, their sons William, Laurence and Edward, their dtrs Mary, Jamima, John, Georgina and Ellen at George Heriot Hosp., Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, household enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: James 46 House Governer teacher; wife Elizabeth MULLER 39 both b Musselburgh, Edin; Children: Mary 20 b West Church, Edin; William 18 Med. Student, son of Govener b St Anderson Edin; Jemima 12, Martin 11, Georgina 9, Ellen 7, all scholars b Bathgate Linlithgowshire; Laurence 4, Edward 1, both b New Greyfriars, Edin; and a heap of paupers, children and some servants.15

Family

Mary Elizabeth Muller (circa 1812 - 1872)
Children
  • Mary Laing Fairbairn16,14 (circa Apr 1830 - aft. 1871)
  • William Christopher Fairbairn4,17 (Jan 1834 - Nov 1864)
  • Jamima Fairbairn4 (circa May 1837 - )
  • John Martin Muller Fairbairn9,14 (circa Sep 1839 - Nov 1905)
  • Georgina Vereke Fairbairn18 (circa Dec 1841 - aft. 1881)
  • Ellen Scott Gil... Fairbairn19 (circa Dec 1843 - )
  • Laurence Lindsay Fairbairn20 (circa Nov 1846 - bet. 1901 - 1911)
  • Edward Vicars L.. Fairbairn21 (circa Jun 1849 - Jan 1875)
ChartsWilliam & Isabel (WOOD) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited24 Mar 2013

Citations

  1. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) History of George Heriot's Hospital, online at http://books.google.co.nz/books, extracted Jul 2011.
  2. [S3250] Gravestone photograph resource by numerous volunteers (See http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/faq.php#copyright for copyright notice) online at http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/, H/stone James & Mary FAIRBAIRN, New Calton Cem., Edin., MLN, grave 256324 image 11341, extracted from index Mar 2013.
  3. [S110] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Roxburghshire, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Births 1538-1854", Birth/Bap.? 29 Jun 1804 James s/o William FAIRBAIRN & Isabel WOOD, Kelso, ROX, 793/ 0040 0379, extracted from index Mar 2013.
  4. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Edinburgh, MLN Reg. 685/1 ED George Heriot Hosp. Pg 1, hsehold of James & Elizabeth MULLER, extracted May 2009.
  5. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 17 Nov 1854 (Moffat, DFS) Bur.22 Nov 1854 (Calton New Ground Nth Lair of his ground) James FAIRBAIRN late House Governor of Heriots Hospital, aged 49, Leith Sth, MLN 692/020 0380 0366, copy d/loaded Jul 2011.
  6. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Mar 2013.
  7. [S1640] Births deaths marriages index (pre 1855): Scotland, Marr. 17 Nov 1828 James FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeh MUELLER/MULLER, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN 685/02 0410 0403, extracted from index Jul 2011 , Microfiche and http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk
  8. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 17 Nov 1828 James FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeth d/o John MÜLLER, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN 685/020 0410 0403, copy d/loaded Jul 2011.
  9. [S2916] London Metropolitan Archives: Birth death marriage (filmed originals): , Marr. 4 May 1864 John Martin Muller s/o James FAIRBAIRN; Eliza Barry Wallace d/o William ROGERS, Islington, LND, from Saint Andrew, Barnsbury, Register of marriages, P83/AND1, Item 007, extracted Jul 2011.
  10. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Par. Edinburgh New Greyfriars, 685/1 ED George Newts Hosp., hsehold of James FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeth MÜLLER, extracted Jul 2011.
  11. [S1918] Newspaper clippings, Dth 17 Nov 1854 James FAIRBAIRN Esq, Moffat, late of George Heriot's Hospital, from Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries .Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Monday, November 20, 1854; Issue 20451, extracted Jul 2011.
  12. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Bathgate Academy, Rector - James FAIRBAIRN 1836-1844, from http://bathgateacademy.info/history.html, extracted Jul 2011.
  13. [S3115] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Selkirkshire, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Births 1538-1854", Birth/Bap.? 22 Sep 1776 William s/o James FAIRBAIRN & Hellen DODDS, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN, 685/002 0090 0320, extracted from index Mar 2013.
  14. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Par. of Bathgate, WLN Par. 662 ED 8 Pg 15, hsehold of James & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jul 2011.
  15. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Edinburgh, MLN Reg. 685/1 ED George Heriot Hosp. Pg 1, hsehold of James FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeth MULLER, extracted May 2009.
  16. [S1640] Births deaths marriages index (pre 1855): Scotland, Birth/Bap.? 24 Apr 1830 Mary Laing d/o James FAIRBAIRN & Mary Elizabeh MULLAR, Bathgate, WLN 662/ 0040 0057, extracted from index Jul 2011 , Microfiche and http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk
  17. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 27 Jan 1834 William Christopher s/o James FAIRBAIRN & Mary Elizabeth MULLAR, batch C116625 Bathgate, WLN, extracted May 2009.
  18. [S1640] Births deaths marriages index (pre 1855): Scotland, Birth/Bap.? 16 Dec 1841 Georgina Vereke d/o James FAIRBAIRN & Mary Elizabeth MULLER, Bathgate, WLN 662/ 0040 0115, extracted from index Jul 2011 , Microfiche and http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk
  19. [S1640] Births deaths marriages index (pre 1855): Scotland, Birth/Bap.? 4 Dec 1843 Ellen Scott Gil(l?) d/o James FAIRBAIRN & Mary Elizabeth MULLER, Bathgate, WLN 662/ 0040 0120, extracted from index Jul 2011 , Microfiche and http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk
  20. [S1640] Births deaths marriages index (pre 1855): Scotland, Birth/Bap.? 17 Nov 1846 Laurence Lindsa(ay) s/o James FAIRBAIRN & Mary Elizabeth MULLER, Edinburgh City, MLN 685/001 0610 0254, extracted from index Jul 2011 , Microfiche and http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk
  21. [S1640] Births deaths marriages index (pre 1855): Scotland, Birth/Bap.? 9 Jun 1849 Edward Vicars L.. s/o James FAIRBAIRN & Mary Elizabeth MULLER, Edinburgh City, MLN 685/001 0610 0254, extracted from index Jul 2011 , Microfiche and http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk
 
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