Francis Fairbairn (m. Isabel HENDERWICK)1

(say 1760 - bet. 1801 - 1840)


     Francis Fairbairn was born say 1760 ?Kelso, ROX, SCT.1 He married Isabel Henderwick say 1790 ?Kelso, ROX.2
     Francis Fairbairn died bet. 1801 - 1840 ?SEL, SCT; may or may not be the Francis Burgess of Selkirk, found dead between Selkirk and Hawick, buried Nov 11 1818, who would seem highly likely to be the Francis born to shoemaker John & Betty (TURNBULL) FAIRBAIRN in 1746, with the witnesses to the baptism being two more FAIRBAIRN cordiners - not an occupation as yet apparent in this Francis' family.3,4
Which of the few documented Francis Fairbairns around is the one married to Isabella Henderwick (and variants)?
Wife Isabel(la) is variously documented (in record time order) as Hendriworth, Henderwick, Hendwick, and even once, presumably erronously, as Innerwick.
Although all three known children were baptised at Kelso: Isabel (1794), John (1796), James (1801); at least one (James) states he was born Maxton; Francis' wife Isabel is buried at Selkrik.
Francis is documented at least once as "portioner".
One candidate, in Selkirk, is a Francis born 1746 to a shoemaker & Burgess of that town, John Fairbairn, married to Betty Turnbull, but wouldn't "Burgess" have made it to at least one of the known children's records? Or the occupation of a shoemaker/cordiner which ran in that family?
Disambiguation: There is also a contemporary Francis and Isabella FAIRBAIRN couple based in Earlston, but that Isabella is NEWTON. Both couples have an Isabel(la) born in 1794 and fully accounted for, so are not one and the same family.5,6,7,8
Further disambiguation:
Many trees assign the Andrew FAIRBAIRN of Ontario, married to Eliza Ann HAGERMAN, to the family of Francis and Isabella.
We continue to look for proof of this.
Check Andrew's possible family.5

DNA Info

     Francis's line needs a/another participant in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Check out the Wanted! page for further information.


     Francis Fairbairn (m. Isabel HENDERWICK) is the ancestor of researcher John Dudgeon. Email: John.9


Isabel Henderwick (circa 1760 - Oct 1840)
ChartsFrancis & Isabella (HENDERWICK) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited12 Dec 2014


  1. [S1960] Sanna F Ross (Gaffney), "EM FAIRBAIRN: Borders ex Sanna G," e-mail to Lorna & GenForum FAIRBAIRN, Birth 20 Aug 1801 Bap. 8 Aug 1802 James s/o Francis FAIRBAIRN & Isabel HENDERWICK, Kelso, ROX, rcvd Oct 2000.
  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. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Dth 28 Oct 1840 Isabell FAIRBAIRN nee HENDRIWORTH, Selkirk, 778/00 0433, , copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  4. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bur. (assumed, might be dth) 11 Nov 1818 Francis FAIRBAIRN, "Burgess of Selkirk", between Selkirk and Hawick, 778/00 0140, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  5. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Aug 2009.
  6. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 7 Jan 1873 Isabella SPENCE d/o Francis (portioner) FAIRBAIRN & Isabel INNERWICK (sic), reg. Selkirk, SEL 778 pg 2 #5, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  7. [S1960] Sanna F Ross (Gaffney), "EM FAIRBAIRN: Borders ex Sanna G," e-mail to Lorna & GenForum FAIRBAIRN, Birth 23 Mar Bap. 27 Apr 1794 Isabel d/o Francis FAIRBAIRN & Isabel HENDERWICK, Kelso, ROX, rcvd Oct 2000.
  8. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 7 Feb 1860 Isabella d/o Francis FAIRBAIRN & Isabella NEWTON, at Sth Renton, Par. of Colidngham, BEW, 732 Pg 3 #8, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  9. [S2918] John DUDGEON, "EM FAIRBAIRN/HENDERWICK/INNERWICK/SPENCE ex John D," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. Isabel FAIRBAIRN & William SPENCE, rcvd Aug 2009.
  10. [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.
  11. [S333] GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Death cert. 1885 James FAIRBAIRN, Selkirk, SEL, trans. Robert McC, rcvd Sep 2002.
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