John Fairbairn1,2

(8 Dec 1796 - 16 Apr 1876)
FatherFrancis Fairbairn (m. Isabel HENDERWICK)2,3 (say 1760 - bet. 1801 - 1840)
MotherIsabel Henderwick (circa 1760 - Oct 1840); mother Isabella (from dth cert but no surname stated) is assumed to be Henderwick, not Newton, given known birth place of Roxburghshire, from census information, which matches 1797 baptism. Although technically possible for the other Isabella to have had dtr Janet in Earlston in Feb and a son John in ROX in Dec 1796, this is unlikely, particularly as Janet of Earlston's sister Isabella is an exact contemporary of John's sister Isabella, both of whom are accounted for2,3,4


     John Fairbairn was born on 8 Dec 1796 Kelso, ROX, SCT.2 He was baptized on 2 Apr 1797 Kelso, ROX; Entry reads: 8 Dec 1796 Kelso Francis Fairbairn & Isabel Henderwick his spouse a son John born & bapt. 2 Apr Wit: George WHITE, William BISHOP.2
     John Fairbairn married Ann Richardson say 1815 date assumed.5
     John Fairbairn married Helen Laidlaw, daughter of William Laidlaw and Mary Blake, bet. 1834 - 1840 ?SEL, SCT.1,6,5
     John Fairbairn died on 16 Apr 1876 Carpet, West Linton, PEE, SCT, at age 79; Dist 773 #12: John FAIRBAIRN, 16 Apr 1876 at Carpet 2am, aged 83, retired farmer, widower of Anne RICHARDSON, mar. to Helen LAIDLAW, s/o Francis FAIRBAIRN and Isabella (no m.s. stated), of apoplexy, inf. George FAIRBAIRN son, present.7,5,3


     John Fairbairn and Helen Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 SEL, SCT, and are assumed to be husband and wife. They were enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: John, 40, farmer, Helen, 25; Walter, 20; John, 13; James 11; Ann 8; Mary 8mths all born cty except John, 40.8
     John Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1851 Kirkhope, Par. of Yarrow, SEL, SCT, with Helen enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: John 55 famr overseer b Bowden ROX; wife Helen 39 b Ettrick; Children: Helen 24 b Ettrick, SEL; Mary 10, William 8, Agnes 6 scholars, George 4, Elisabeth 2, Robert 4mths, all b Yarrow.9
     John Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1861 Horoupcleugh ??, Par. of Longformacus, BEW, SCT, with Helen enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: John 65 ag lab b Maxton, ROX; wife Helen 50 b Ettrick SEL; Dtr Elizabeth 11 b Yarrow, SEL; Servant: John BROWN, ag lab 19 b ENG.10
     John Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1871 Southmains, Par. of West Linton, PEE, SCT, with Helen enumerated as FAIRBURN: John 72 formerly farm serv b Maxton, ROX; wife Helen 61 b Ettrick SEL; Dtr Mary 50 (?30) b Selkirk.11

Family 1

Ann Richardson (circa 1795 - Mar 1834)
  • Francis Fairbairn (Jul 1817 - Mar 1897)
  • Christian Fairbairn (Feb 1819 - Apr 1870)
  • Walter Fairbairn12,13 (Jun 1821 - Oct 1897)
  • Isobel Fairbairn (Aug 1823 - aft. 1851)
  • Helen Fairbairn14 (Jun 1825 - aft. 1901)
  • John Fairbairn (Jul 1827 - aft. 1851)
  • James Fairbairn (Jan 1829 - Jul 1908)
  • Ann Fairbairn (Jan 1831 - Nov 1831)
  • Ann Fairbairn (Oct 1832 - )

Family 2

Helen Laidlaw (circa 1809 - Apr 1894)
  • Mary Fairbairn1 (Dec 1840 - 1921)
  • William Fairbairn15 (1842 - 1914)
  • Agnes Fairbairn1 (Oct 1844 - aft. 1851)
  • George Fairbairn1 (Sep 1846 - aft. 1881)
  • Elizabeth Fairbairn1 (Oct 1849 - aft. 1881)
  • Robert Fairbairn9 (circa Dec 1850 - aft. 1851)
ChartsFrancis & Isabella (HENDERWICK) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited9 Apr 2012


  1. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI).
  2. [S1960] Sanna F Ross (Gaffney), "EM FAIRBAIRN: Borders ex Sanna G," e-mail to Lorna & GenForum FAIRBAIRN, Birth 8 Dec 1796 Bap. 2 Apr 1797 John s/o Francis FAIRBAIRN & Isabel HENDERWICK, Kelso, ROX, transcr. rcvd Oct 2000.
  3. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 16 Apr 1876 John FAIRBAIRN, Par. of West Linton, PEE, Dist 773 Pg 4 #12, copy d/loaded Jun 2008.
  4. [S1] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", Jun 2008.
  5. [S333] GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Dth 16 Apr 1876 John FAIRBAIRN, West Linton, PEE, transcr. Stuart H, rcvd Feb 2002.
  6. [S1960] Sanna F Ross (Gaffney), "EM FAIRBAIRN: Borders ex Sanna G," e-mail to Lorna & GenForum FAIRBAIRN, Oct 2001.
  7. [S1079] J Scott Wilson (19284), "FT FAIRBAIRN/RICHARDSON/SCOTT Selkirk, SCT."
  8. [S1960] Sanna F Ross (Gaffney), "EM FAIRBAIRN: Borders ex Sanna G," e-mail to Lorna & GenForum FAIRBAIRN, Oct 2001 ex 1841 Selkirk census.
  9. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Kirkhope, Par. of Yarrow, SEL Par 779 ED 5 pg 10 Sched 25, hsehold of John & Helen FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jan 2008.
  10. [S205] 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Longformacus, BEW Reg 750 ED 1 Pg 1 Sched 3 hsehold of JOhn & Helen FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jan 2008.
  11. [S207] 1871 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Southmains, West Linton, PEE, Reg 773 ED 2 Pg 9 Sched 41, hsehold John & Helen FAIRBURN, extracted Jan 2008.
  12. [S1896] Ann E Fitzsimons OLIVER (34594), "EM FAIRBAIRN/BONE ex Oliver," e-mail to L McIntosh, Jul 2003.
  13. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 7 Jun Bap. 10 Jul 1821 Walter s/o John FAIRBAIRN (farmer, Broomhill) & Ann RICHARDSON, Selkirk OPR 778/000 0060 0021, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  14. [S1896] Ann E Fitzsimons OLIVER (34594), "EM FAIRBAIRN/BONE ex Oliver," e-mail to L McIntosh, Marr. 29 Dec 1859 Helen d/o John FAIRBAIRN & Ann RICHARDSON; William s/o William BONE & Janet TURNBULL, Blackburn, Lauder, BEW, cert. dated Jun 2001, p/copy rcvd Jul 2003.
  15. [S1960] Sanna F Ross (Gaffney), "EM FAIRBAIRN: Borders ex Sanna G," e-mail to Lorna & GenForum FAIRBAIRN, Sep 2002.
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