John Fairbairn (m. Helen ANDERSON)1

(1714 - 1796)


     John Fairbairn was born in 1714 at the Pres Ch, Nenthorn, BEW, SCT, Has anyone found this baptism?2

Some sources show John as born circa 1716 (from Sir William's book, age 81 at dth 1797.)3
     John Fairbairn married Helen Anderson on 28 May 1748 Nenthorn, BEW, SCT, entry reads: John Fairbarn (sic) in this parish & Helen Anderson in the parish of Crailing gave up their names for proclamation in order to marriage and gave pawns (Roy had 1753.)1,4,5
     John Fairbairn died in 1796 Galashiels, SEL, SCT; "His (William's) grandfather, John Fairbairn, died in 1797, at the ripe age of eighty-one," vs Henry A's obit "died at Galashiels in 1796". Burkes has 1796 Galashiels (not obvious in SEL OPR Dths.)6,3,7,8
Several trees show the John married to Helen ANDERSON as the son of a John, with a pedigree leading back to several other John's and mentioning a crest and headstones in Ednam. For some of these pedigrees see the Patriarch's page of the Summary DNA project.
Siblings often include: Robert 1716, Thomas 1718, James 1720, Isobel 1722, George 1724, Agnes 1726, Patrick 1728, Margaret 1729.
Several then add in their own pedigree linking to one or other of these siblings, or children of John. Many of these trees are now represented in the DNA project and belong to haplogroup I1.

Further investigation is now needed however as the initial representative for this line (Michael a descendant of the schoolmaster William, with the caveats outlined on his son John's page) is Haplogroup R1b1a2. After several years with no dna matches, in Oct 2011, a distant FAIRBAIRN match poped out of the woodwork.
As at Jan 2013, a very close match (66/67) arrived, that to CJ(F-53), whose pedigree leads back to a contemporary John who married in 1743 at Whickham, Durham, living around Swalwell/Winlaton, just across the river from Newcastle upon Tyne.
Neither pedigrees are known to be connected to this John's - yet, but the latter certainly connects somewhere, with DNA indicating a close connection well within genealogical timeframes.
Now, Jun 2013, a descendant of George, a nail manufacturer in Stirling, reported as being born in Galashiels, and of the right age to be William the Schoolmaster's son George is also showing a preliminary dna match (only 12/12 so far)
Solely by naming pattern the Durham pedigree could come from a John & Grace/Grizel FAIRBAIRN with a son John born around 1710, no candidates present themselves.
For John & Helen (ANDERSON) FAIRBAIRN, we might be looking for a George and Agnes - with a 1706 candidate, who would make his reported age at death 8 years out
The closest relationship the two John's could have would be cousins, ie sharing a grandfather, given they are near contemporaries and both named John.9,10

DNA Info

     John belongs to a tested line in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Follow this link for supplementary DNA information.
     John's line needs a/another participant in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Check out the Wanted! page for further information.


Helen Anderson (say 1725 - )
ChartsLineage 2b1: John & Helen (ANDERSON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited9 Jun 2013


  1. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 28 May 1748 John FAIRBAIRN & Helen ANDERSON, Nenthorn, BEW, copy d/loaded Mar 2008.
  2. [S1513] Burke, Burke's Peerage, Birth 1714 John FAIRBAIRN, Nenthorn, ROX (sic), from 107th Ed, p1370, extracted Jan 2009.
  3. [S1038] G Roy & Pat FAIRBAIRN, "Corres. FAIRBAIRN/WANLESS, Quebec ex G Roy & Pat F.," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, P/copies of selected pages of "The Life of Sir William Fairbairn, Bart (1877)", Ch XXXIII pg 425, rcvd Mar 2008.
  4. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marr. 28 May 1748 John FAIRBAIRN & Helen ANDERSON, Nenthorn, BEW, (all patron submissions), extracted pre 1999.
  5. [S1038] G Roy & Pat FAIRBAIRN, "Corres. FAIRBAIRN/WANLESS, Quebec ex G Roy & Pat F.," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 1753 John FAIRBAIRN & Helen ANDERSON, rcvd Feb 1996.
  6. [S1038] G Roy & Pat FAIRBAIRN, "Corres. FAIRBAIRN/WANLESS, Quebec ex G Roy & Pat F.," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Rcvd via DNA Patriarchs submission, Feb 2008.
  7. [S2800] FHL Film 1425557 FAIRBAIRN, Henry A (1855- ) - Biography, Dth 1796 John FAIRBAIRN Galashiels , pg 219 extracted Dec 2008.
  8. [S1513] Burke, Burke's Peerage, Dth 1796 John FAIRBAIRN, Galashiels, from 107th Ed, p1370, extracted Jan 2009.
  9. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Oct 2011 updated Jan and Jun 2013.
  10. [S2656] FamilyTree DNA, "FamilyTree DNA", 67 marker results/matches for (F-54) and (F-23), extracted Jan 2013.
  11. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 4 Feb 1750 George s/o John FAIRBAIRN, Nenthorn Kirk, 753/0010 0063, copy d/loaded Jan 2009.
  12. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 7 Jul 1752 Helen d/o John FAIRBAIRN, Nenthorn, copy d/loaded Mar 2008.
  13. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 29 Mar 1754 (poss. 24th) Agnes d/o John FAIRBAIRN & Helen ANDERSON, copy d/loaded Mar 2008.
  14. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 11 Apr 1756 William s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Helen ANDERSON, Smailholm, ROX, copy d/loaded (same page as Agnes and Andrew) Mar 2008.
  15. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 12 Mar 1758 ?Andrew? s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Helen ANDERSON, Smailholm, ROX, copy d/loaded (same page as Agnes & William) Mar 2008.
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