John Fairbairn1,2

(circa May 1792 - Dec 1848)
FatherAndrew Fairbairn (m. Helen BLAKEBUL)2,1 (say 1758 - Jul 1810)
MotherHelen Blakebul1,2 (circa 1758 - Aug 1841)


     John Fairbairn was born circa May 1792 Leitholm, BEW, SCT, which fits with "not SEL" from the 1841 census.1,2,3,4 He was baptized on 27 May 1792 Coldstream, BEW, SCT; entry reads: "Fairbairn: John L.S. of Andrew Fairbairn barnman in Lethlelm" (assumed to be Leitholm, which isn't far from Coldstream.)1,2
     John Fairbairn married Isabella Stuart on 27 Dec 1811 Selkirk, SEL, SCT.5,6,2,7
     John Fairbairn died in Dec 1848 Selkirk, SEL; aged 57.5,8,4 He was buried on 24 Dec 1848 Selkirk, SEL, Burial entry for 24 Dec reads: John Fairbairn carter Selkirk aged 57 (no h/stone transc. on Auld Kirk MI cd.)8,4
Several online trees have/had this John's parents as James FAIRBAIRN and Betty HENDERSON of Stow.
At least one has been convinced to change to those shown here, primarily:
- John's 1841 census entry shows him as not born Selkirk
- his assumed brother Thomas is also in Selkirk, also a carter, and also on Water Row, and although John died prior to civil registration, Thomas didn't, and his death cert. shows his parents to be __ FAIRBAIRN and Helen BLAKEBELL
- the 1851 census shows Thomas as born Coldstream
- baptisms exist in Coldstream for both John and Thomas to an Andrew, barnman of Leitholm, in the right timeframes
- a marriage exists in Mertoun and Coldstream of an Andrew to a Helen BLACKBUL
- although none of the Coldstream baptisms to Andrew mention the mother, other baptisms do (Janet in Smailholm, Margaret in Eccles.)9,10,11,12,1,13


     John Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 Water Row, Selkirk, SEL, SCT, with Isabella Stuart, as FAIRBAIRN: John 45 ag lab b SCT; Bell 45 b SEL; John 19 ag lab b SEL (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)3

DNA Info

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Isabella Stuart (circa 1795 - aft. 1861)
  • Thomas Fairbairn7,14 (circa 1814 - Aug 1887)
  • Andrew Fairbairn15,16 (circa 1815 - Sep 1879)
  • John Fairbairn3 (circa 1823 - Oct 1880)
  • Helen Fairbairn5 (circa May 1826 - Mar 1902)
ChartsAndrew & Helen (BLAKEBUL) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited1 Apr 2012


  1. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 27 May 1792 John s/o Andrew (Barnman, Leitholm) FAIRBAIRN, Coldstream, BEW 733/ 0030 0049, copy d/loaded Mar 2012.
  2. [S1127] "BFHS Magazine", Birth 1792 John (m. Isabella STUART) s/o Andrew FAIRBAIRN & Helen BLAKEBUL, from Issue #19 1992, extracted c 1998.
  3. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Selkirk, SEL Par. 778 ED 1 Pg 9, sched of John & Bell FAIRBAIRN, extracted Dec 2008.
  4. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bur. 24 Dec 1848 John FAIRBAIRN, carter, Selkrik, aged 57, from Selkirk, OPR 778/00 0449, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  5. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 24 Mar 1902 Helen LOCKIE, nee FAIRBAIRN, reg. Selkirk, SEL Dist 778 Pg 10 #29, copy d/loaded Dec 2008.
  6. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marr. 27 Dec 1811 John FAIRBAIRN & Isabel STEWART, batch M117786, Selkirk SEL, extracted Dec 2008.
  7. [S1850] 1851 Census, Selkirkshire, SCT, Parish 778: SEL County, Selkirk Parish District #1 Household #48.
  8. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Bur. 24 Dec 1848 John FAIRBAIRN, Selkirk, SEL, from…, tree of Mel LOCKIE, last updated Sep 2008, (and pointed to it via RootsChat correspondence), extracted Dec 2008.
  9. [S1] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", Dec 2008.
  10. [S2492] RootsChat Msge Board online at, Dec 2008 Conversation re Galashiels FAIRBAIRNs, online at,292927.10.html (and bottom of prior page), extracted Dec 2008.
  11. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Corrected FAIRBAIRN/STUART tree, online at, last updated Jun 2011, re-checked Mar 2012.
  12. [S1850] 1851 Census, Selkirkshire, SCT, Parish 778: SEL County, Selkirk Parish District #1 Household #12, hsehold of Thomas FAIRBAIRN, extracted Nov 2003.
  13. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) From…, tree of Mel LOCKIE, last updated Sep 2008, extracted Dec 2008.
  14. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 12 Mar 1820 Thomas s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Isabella STEWARD, batch C117785, Selkirk, SEL, film 1067928, extracted Dec 2008.
  15. [S205] 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Selkirk, SEL Reg. 778 ED 6 Sched 120 hsehold of Andrew FAIRBAIRN, extracted May 2008.
  16. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 26 Sep 1814 Andrew s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Bell STEWART, batch C117785, Selkirk, SEL, film 1067928, extracted Dec 2008.
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