Andrew Fairbairn1,2,3

(8 May 1831 - 14 Mar 1879)
FatherGeorge Fairbairn1,3,2 (Apr 1799 - Feb 1885)
MotherMargaret Lough1,3 (circa 1798 - bet. Jan 1883 - Mar 1883)


     Andrew Fairbairn was born on 8 May 1831 Boon Mill, Par. of Legerwood, BEW, SCT.3,4,5,6 He was baptized on 19 Jun 1831 Legerwood, BEW, SCT; entry shows Andrew as born 8 May, bap. 19 Jun, to George FAIRBAIRN, shepherd Boon Mill, and Margaret LOCH "In L(awful) W(edlock.)4,5"
     Andrew Fairbairn married Mary Keillor, daughter of James Keillor and Elizabeth Fotheringham, on 5 Mar 1858 in the Register Office, Dist of Strand, LND, ENG, cert. shows Andrew as 27, bachelor, carpenter, s/o George FAIRBAIRN, shepherd and Mary as 27 spinster, d/o James KEILLOR, fisherman dec'd; Both were resid. 49 Old Compton St, both signed; Wit: William GOUGH & Robert MORLEY.6,7,2
     Andrew Fairbairn died on 14 Mar 1879 reg. Dist of Holborn, MDX, ENG, at age 47.6,8,9 He was buried on 19 Mar 1879 Brompton Cem., LND, ENG, Memorial card shows Andrew as dying 14 Mar 1879 aged 46 yrs and buried 19th Mar at Brompton Cem. grave #79206.10
Initially, the 1851 census entry in the Woolwich Artillery Barracks of an Andrew aged 19 and born Church Hill Berwick, was thought to be the Andrew later married to Eliza CLARKE.
Subsequent findings of the 1851 census entry (on FindMyPast, but not yet found on ancestry) of Andrew and George, aged 20 and 19, both born Smailholm, in the Leeds Cavalry Barracks fits much better with the Andrew, and brother George, sons of John & Jane (WADDELL) FAIRBAIRN, with Andrew being the one marrying Eliza CLARKE, given that the marriage cert. says his father was a John.
The Woolwich Artillery Barracks Andrew, aged 19, born Church Hill, which upon translation to Kirkhill, Legerwood, becomes the Andrew son of shepherd George & Margaret (LOUGH/LOCK) FB, who have a son Andrew, born 1831 at Boon Mill, Legerwood, unacounted for in Scotland after the 1841 census, Boon Mill being near Kirkhill (and now, Dec 2011, proven to be this Andrew by his marriage cert. showing his father as George FAIRBAIRN, shepherd.11,12,2


     Andrew Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 Halfland Hse, Yetholm, ROX, SCT, in the household of George Fairbairn and Margaret Fairbairn and is assumed to be a son.3
     Andrew Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1851 in the Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich Dockyard, Dist of Greenwich, KEN, ENG, enumerated as Andrew FAIRBAIRN, 19 soldier, b Church Hill, Berwick (SCT assumed - originally assumed to be the son of John & Jane (WADDELL) FAIRBAIRN, but the Kirkhill id better places him in the family of George & Margaret (LOUGH) FAIRBAIRN, which his marriage cert. subsequently confirmed.12,13,2 )
     Andrew Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1871 4 East St, St George The Martyr, Dist of Holborn, LND, ENG, with Mary enumerated as FAIRBAIRN (indexed as FAIRBOURN): Andrew 39 carpenter; wife Mary 40, both b SCT; Dtr Mary Helen 1 b St George the Martyr; Lodgers: James ELLWOOD or Ellwood JAMES, unm, 31 carpenter b ??. GLS; Henry MILLER mar. 35 ?silk woollen merchant b Liverpool.6


Mary Keillor (circa 1831 - Feb 1891)
  • Sarah Margaret Fairbairn14 (circa 1863 - Jan 1869)
  • George James Fairbairn15 (circa 1865 - Jan 1869)
  • Jessie Fotheringham Fairbairn16 (Feb 1868 - Dec 1868)
  • Mary Helen Fairbairn6 (Jan 1870 - )
ChartsGeorge & Jane (LAW) FAIRBAIRN
Wanted: George & Jane (LAW) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited11 Dec 2011


  1. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), pre 1999.
  2. [S2124] GenesReunited online at, Marr. 5 Mar 1858 Andrew FAIRBAIRN & Mary KEILLOR, Strand, LND, 1b/451, from Adrienne , certified copy, dated 18 Jun 1976, rcvd Dec 2011.
  3. [S1610] FreeCensus, UK online at, SCT1841/811 Yetholm-Roxburghshire ED 4 Civil Parish: Yetholm Folio: 3 Page: 2, hsehold of George & Margaret FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jan 2004.
  4. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 8 May / 19 Jun 1831 Andrew s/o George FAIRBAIRN & Margaret LOCK, batch 7206614 Sheet 99 Call 0820244, patron submission, Legerwood, BEW, extracted May 2008.
  5. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 8 May Bap. 19 Jun 1831 Andrew s/o George FAIRBAIRN & Margaret LOCH, Boon Mill, Legerwood, BEW 749/00 0020 0016, copy d/loaded Oct 2010.
  6. [S206] 1871 Census images, England & Wales, via, Par. St George the Martyr, Dist Holborn, LND RG10/369 ED 2a F 76 Pg 43 Sched 351, hsehold of Andrew & Mary FAIRBAIRN, extracted Oct 2010.
  7. [S1595] Www FreeBMD ENG online at, Marr. 1858 Q1 Andrew FAIRBAIRN & Mary KEILLOR, reg. Strand, LND 1b/451, extracted Dec 2011.
  8. [S1595] Www FreeBMD ENG online at, Dth 1879 Q1 Andrew FAIRBAIRN, aged 45, reg. Holborn, LND, 1b/503, extracted Oct 2010.
  9. [S2124] GenesReunited online at, Dth 14 Mar 1879 Andrew FAIRBAIRN & Mary KEILLOR, Strand, LND, 1b/451, from Adrienne , rcvd Dec 2011.
  10. [S2124] GenesReunited online at, Bur. 19 Mar 1879 (ex Memorial Card) Andrew FAIRBAIRN, aged 46, at Brompton Cem, Adrienne , copy rcvd Dec 2011.
  11. [S1599] Findmypast online at, 1851: Leeds, Yorkshire (West Riding), HO107/2320 Leeds Cavalry Barracks, F 1186 Pg 18, extracted Nov 2011.
  12. [S202] 1851 Census images, England & Wales, via, Woolwich Dockyard, Greenwich, KEN HO107/1588 ED Royal Artillery Barracks, F 415 Pg 10, extracted Apr 2010, copy d/loaded Dec 2011.
  13. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Nov 2011.
  14. [S2124] GenesReunited online at, Dth 14 Jan Bur. 19 Jan 1869 (ex Memorial Card) Sarah Margt FAIRBAIRN, aged 6, at Kensall Green Cem, from Adrienne , copy rcvd Dec 2011.
  15. [S2916] London Metropolitan Archives: Birth death marriage (filmed originals): , Bur. 9 Jan 1869 George James FAIRBAIRN, aged 4, of East St, Red Liion Sq, from All Souls Cemetery, Kensal Green, Kensington, Transcript of Burials, 1869 Jan-1869 Dec, DL/t Item, 041/037, DL/T/041/037, extracted Dec 2011.
  16. [S5] online at, Birth 3 Feb Bap. 17 May 1868 Jessie Fotheringham d/o Andrew & Mary FAIRBAIRN, East St, St Andrew, Holborn, MDX, from London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, extracted Oct 2010.
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