Isabel Henderwick1

(circa 1760 - 28 Oct 1840)


     Isabel Henderwick was born circa 1760 ?Kelso, ROX, SCT.2 She married Francis Fairbairn say 1790 ?Kelso, ROX.1
     Isabell Hendriworth died on 28 Oct 1840 Selkirk, SEL, SCT; entry reads: Isabell Hendriworth Relict of Francis Fairbairn, Selkirk 80.2
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.3,4,5,6


      In 1840 her surname was recorded as Isabell Hendriworth (from her own burial entry.)2 In 1873 her surname was recorded as Innerwick (from dtr Isabella's dth cert., inf. her grandson James SPENCE.)4 In 1885 her surname was recorded as Hendwick (son James' 1885 dth cert, informant her granddtr Isabella.)7,8 Her surname was recorded as Hendrick (exact source yet to be re-confirmed.)9


Francis Fairbairn (m. Isabel HENDERWICK) (say 1760 - bet. 1801 - 1840)
  • Isabel Fairbairn5 (Mar 1794 - Jan 1873)
  • John Fairbairn+ (Dec 1796 - Apr 1876); 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 for1,10,11
  • James Fairbairn+7,12 (Aug 1801 - Jun 1885)
ChartsFrancis & Isabella (HENDERWICK) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited17 Apr 2013


  1. [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.
  2. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Dth 28 Oct 1840 Isabell FAIRBAIRN nee HENDRIWORTH, Selkirk, 778/00 0433, , copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  3. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Aug 2009.
  4. [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.
  5. [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.
  6. [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.
  7. [S333] GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Death cert. 1885 James FAIRBAIRN, Selkirk, SEL, trans. Robert McC, rcvd Sep 2002.
  8. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 26 Jun 1885 James s/o Frank FAIRBAIRN & Isabella HENDWICK, Selkirk, SEL 778 #76, copy d/loaded Apr 2012.
  9. [S1960] Sanna F Ross (Gaffney), "EM FAIRBAIRN: Borders ex Sanna G," e-mail to Lorna & GenForum FAIRBAIRN, Rcvd Oct 2000.
  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. [S1] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", Jun 2008.
  12. [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.
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