Edward Fairbairn (Ednam blacksmith)1

(circa 1726 - 9 Aug 1811)


     Edward Fairbairn was born circa 1726 ?Stitchel, ROX, SCT, H/stone says aged 85 when died in 1811.1
     Edward Fairbairn married Jean Davidson say 1752 ?Eccles, BEW, SCT, dtrs Janet, Mgt, Betty d. 1769, son d. 18 Jan 1771.1
     Edward Fairbairn died on 9 Aug 1811 Ednam, ROX, SCT; 83?2,1 He was buried with Jean Davidson Ednam, ROX, #44 reads: Interred here are the remains of Margaret THOMSON wife of William FAIRBAIRN smith Ednam who died 19.9.1788 aged 28 years also Edward their son who died in infancy. The remains of Janet, Margaret and Betty FAIRBAIRN daughters of Edward Fairbairn smith in Ednam all of whom died in 1769 also of his son John who died 13.1.1771.
reverse: Edward FAIRBAIRN Blacksmith in Ednam died 9.8.1811 aged 85 years William FAIRBAIRN his son also Black-smith in Ednam died 18.1.1817 aged 61 years Jean DAVIDSON widow of Edward FAIRBAIRN died ??.?. 1817 aged 85 years.
(preceding stone was erected by Edward FAIRBAIRN, h/o Jane BROOMFIELD.)2,1
There's an Edward baptised to Edward FREBAIRN & Margaret HOPE in Stitchill & Hume in 1728 that may fit (no occupation stated for father), and none found yet to a William (as per naming pattern of currently known children).
Edward and Margaret (HOPE)'s children range from 1712 to 1730 in both Stitchill and Nenthorn. Although only the Stitchill baptisms name the mother, the baptism dates would indicate they are all one and the same family.
It may be significant that Edward and Jean's children do include a Margaret as the second named daughter (after a couple of Janet's), although there is no Edward found to date.3,4


     In 1754 his surname was recorded as Freebairn.5

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Jean Davidson (circa 1732 - 1817)
  • William Fairbairn5 (circa Jul 1754 - 1817)
  • Jennet Fairbairn (circa Apr 1758 - )
  • Jannet Fairbairn (Feb 1762 - )
  • Margaret Fairbairn6 (circa Jan 1765 - 1769)
  • Elizabeth Fairbairn (May 1767 - 1769)
  • John Fairbairn (circa Dec 1769 - circa Jan 1771)
  • John Fairbairn (Dec 1771 - )
  • James Fairbairn (Jun 1775 - )
ChartsEdward & Jean (DAVIDSON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited10 Mar 2012


  1. [S2725] Borders Family History Society, MIs: ROX Ednam, #44: FAIRBAIRN/DAVIDSON/THOMSON h/stone, extracted Mar 2008.
  2. [S1067] Letter, John Fitzgerald FAIRBAIRN to Janis ULSTEIN, 09 Sep 1995.
  3. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/, Bap. 20 Oct 1728 Edward s/o Edward FREBAIRN & Margaret HOPE, Stitchel, ROX, from Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 batch C11808-2 film 1067952, extracted Mar 2012.
  4. [S1] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", Mar 2012.
  5. [S3110] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Births 1538-1854", Bap. 12 Jul 1754 William s/o Edward FREEBAIRN & Jane DAVIDSON, Eccles, BEW 737/0040 0061, index searched Mar 2009.
  6. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/, Bap. 6 Jan 1765 Margaret d/o Edward FAIRBAIRN & Jean DAVIDSON, Ednam, ROX, from Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 batch C11788-2 film 1067934, extracted Mar 2012.
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