James Fairbairn1,2

(circa 1817 - 21 Sep 1904)
FatherRalph Fairbairn3 (circa 1785 - May 1874)
MotherHelen Crow3 (circa 1782 - bet. 1851 - 1861)


     James Fairbairn was born circa 1817 Whitsome, BEW, SCT.2,1
     James Fairbairn married Christian Nesbit Fairbairn, daughter of John Fairbairn and Jane Waddell, say 1842 ?Eckford, ROX, SCT, date assumed.2,1
     James Fairbairn died on 21 Sep 1904 Market Pl, Coldstream, BEW, SCT; cert. shows James as 83, gardener (retired) widower of Christina FAIRBAIRN, d 7am of pneumonia duration uncertain, cert. by Geo Henderson M.D; s/o Ralph FAIRBAIRN, hedger, & Helen m.s. CROW, both dec'd; Inf. grddtr Christina WHITEHEAD, present resid 131 Molineux St, Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne; Reg.4,3
Are James and Christian distantly related?
Or is it completely coincidence that her family, that of John and Jane (WADDELL) FAIRBAIRN, also have Coldstream connections?5


     The census of 1851 showed James with his wife Christina, their dtrs Jane, Helen and Mary (nr church), Coldstream, BEW, SCT, household enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: James 33 ag lab b Whitsome, BEW; wife Christiana 32 Eckford, ROX; Children: Jane 8 scholar b Eccles, BEW; Elleanor 7, Mary 5, both scholars, Ralph 2 all b Coldstream.2
     James Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1861 7 Dunse Rd, Coldstream, BEW, SCT, with Christina enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: James 44 ag lab b Whitsome, BEW; wife Christina 43 washerwoman and lodging house keeper b Cessford, ROX; Children: Mary 15 (no occ), Ralph 12 scholar, both b Coldstream; Lodgers: William HUNTER 22 blacksmith b Edin; Margaret WILSON 15 serv b ENG; Thomas (46 ag lab b Ewes, DFS) and wife Janet (36 b Forfar) STOREY; David BROWN 84 cotton weaver b Ladykirk, BEW.6
     James Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1871 Church Cl, Coldstream, BEW, SCT, with Christina Fairbairn, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: James 55 gardener b Whitsome, BEW; wife Christina 54 b Eckford, ROX; Niece Christina HARGREAVES 7 scholar b ENG; Lodgers: McDONALD (PER); WILLIAMSON (ENG); HAMILTON (blacksmith, ENG); WALLACE (optician, ENG); Mary TROTTER 20 hawker b Chirnside, BEW; HOLODY 22 groom b Kelso.7
     The census of 1881 showed James with his wife Christina 37 Duke St, Coldstream, BEW, SCT, household enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: James, 64, general gardener, b Whitsome, BEW, wife Christina, 63 b Cessford, ROX lodging house keeper.1
     James Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1891 17 Duns Rd, Coldstream, BEW, SCT, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: James 74 gardener b Whitsome, BEW.8
     James Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1901 9 Market Pl, Coldstream, BEW, SCT, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: James 84 gardener b Whitsome, BEW; Nephew Ralph 50 gen lab b Ancrum, ROX.4

DNA Info

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Christian Nesbit Fairbairn (Feb 1819 - Jun 1885)
  • Jane Fairbairn2,9,10 (Aug 1842 - )
  • Helen Fairbairn (Feb 1844 - May 1926); connection assumes correct id of Helen dtr of James as Ellen married James Walker - see notes weighing pros (several) and cons (only one - why does the 1871 census show Ellen as born Kelso?)2,11,12
  • Mary Fairbairn2 (Mar 1846 - Jan 1890)
  • Ralph Fairbairn2 (Sep 1848 - aft. 1911)
ChartsLineage 1b4b: Robert and Elizabeth (CROSBIE) Fairbairn
Ralph & Helen (CROW) FAIRBAIRN
Wanted: Ralph & Helen (Crow) FAIRBAIRN
Wanted: John and Jane (Waddell) Fairbairn
Last Edited18 Sep 2017


  1. [S210] 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via Family Search/LDS CDs, FHL Film 0224030 GRO Ref Volume 733 EnumDist 2 Page 18, hsehold of James & Christina FAIRBAIRN, extracted pre 1999.
  2. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Coldstream, BEW Par. 733 ED 1 Pg 21 or 15, Sched 95, hsehold of James & Christiana FAIRBAIRN, extracted Apr 2009.
  3. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 21 Sep 1904 James s/o Ralph FAIRBAIRN & Helen CROW, wid./o Christina, Coldstream, BEW 733 Pg 8 #22, copy d/loaded Apr 2009.
  4. [S214] 1901 Census transcripts, Scotland, via http://Ancestry.com, Coldstream, BEW Reg 733 ED 1 Pg 21 Sched 140, hsehold of James FAIRBAIRN, extracted Apr 2009.
  5. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Nov 2011.
  6. [S205] 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Coldstream, BEW Reg. 733 ED 2 Pg 4, Sched 20, hsehold of James & Christina FAIRBAIRN, extracted Apr 2009.
  7. [S207] 1871 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Coldstream, BEW Reg. 733 ED 1 Pg 16 Sched 93, hsehold of James & Christian FAIRBAIRN, extracted Apr 2009.
  8. [S212] 1891 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Coldstream, BEW Reg 733 ED 2 Pg 4 Sched 24, hsehold of James FAIRBAIRN, extracted Apr 2009.
  9. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Marr 20 Jun 1867 Jane d/o James FAIRBAIRN, gardener to Henry s/o James HARGREAVES, Bradford, WRY, from West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921, extracted Sep 2011.
  10. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 18 Aug 1842 Jane d/o James FAIRBAIRN (quarryman) & Christian Nisbet FAIRBAIRN, Coldstream, BEW 733/ 40 143, copy d/loaded Aug 2017.
  11. [S7] Ancestry.com - Family Trees online at http://search.ancestry.com, Marr. 19 Feb 1870 James s/o George WALKER; Ellen d/o James FAIRBAIRN, Manchester, LAN, copy d/loaded from tree of susan_whitehouse, Aug 2017.
  12. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Aug 2017.
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