Archibald Fairbairn1

(5 May 1801 - circa 18 Feb 1845)
FatherGeorge Fairbairn (m. Jane LAW)1,3,2 (say 1770 - bet. 1815 - 1851)
MotherJane Law1,2 (circa 1781 - aft. 1861)


     Archibald Fairbairn was born on 5 May 1801 Garrich, Par. of Nenthorn, BEW, SCT.2,3 He was baptized on 30 May 1801 at the Kirk, Nenthorn, BEW, SCT; entry reads: This day George Fairbairn hind to Mr Murray Tennant in Garrich had a child baptized who was born the 5th instant called Archibald.3
     Archibald Fairbairn married Margaret Stevens on 24 May 1822 St Cuthberts, Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, entry reads: Archibald Fairbairn, Grocer no 27 Priests Street and Margaret Stevens residing No 27 Lauriston, Daughter of David Stevens, Gardener have been three times proclaimed in order to Marriage and no objections have been offered.4,5,6
     Archibald Fairbairn died circa 18 Feb 1845 11 Sth St James St, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN, SCT.2,7 He was buried on 18 Feb 1845 South Leith, MLN, SCT, entry shows Archibald as collector of taxes of 11 South St James St, buried in New Ground "the head at the foot of Mrs E Bayes purchase close to the side of the walk."7
The link between the Archibald son of George and Jane/Jean LAW and the Archibald married to Mararet Stevens assumed from naming pattern of children, supported by son David being with Archibald's mother in 1851, which also links in Archibald's sister Margaret, albeit at a wildly varying age.2,8


     Archibald Fairbairn and Margaret Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 South St James St, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN, SCT, and are assumed to be husband and wife. They were enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Archibald 35 M.S. b SCT; Margaret 35 b SCT; Assumed children (all b MLN): Christina 15, George 15, David 14, Jean 12, Margaret 4; Also BALFOUR, BATEN, FINLY, KEMP.2

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Margaret Stevens (bet. 1801 - 1806 - )
  • George Fairbairn2 (bet. 1821 - 1826 - aft. 1841)
  • Christian Fairbairn2,9 (Mar 1823 - )
  • David Fairbairn1 (1826 - aft. 1881)
  • Jean Fairbairn2 (circa 1829 - )
ChartsGeorge & Jane (LAW) FAIRBAIRN
Wanted: George & Jane (LAW) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited2 May 2013


  1. [S1960] Sanna F Ross (Gaffney), "EM FAIRBAIRN: Borders ex Sanna G," e-mail to Lorna & GenForum FAIRBAIRN, Oct 2000.
  2. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN Par 6852 ED 38A, hsehold of Archibald & Margaret FAIRBAIRN, extracted May 2008.
  3. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 5 Bap. 30th May 1801 Archibald s/o George FAIRBAIRN, hind to Mr Murray tennant in Garrich, Nenthorn, BEW 753/0010 0128, copy d/loaded (for George s/o John and Christian (WOOD) FAIRBAIRN) Dec 2009.
  4. [S1960] Sanna F Ross (Gaffney), "EM FAIRBAIRN: Borders ex Sanna G," e-mail to Lorna & GenForum FAIRBAIRN, Jan 2003.
  5. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Batch M119895-?-1066763,1 extracted Jan 2003.
  6. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 24 May 1822 Archibald FAIRBAIRN, (grocer 27 Priests St) and Margaret STEVENS (27 Lauriston, d/o David, gardener), Edinburgh St Cuthberts, 685/02 0400 0484, copy d/loaded Jan 2010.
  7. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bur. 18 Feb 1845 Archibald FAIRBAIRN, Collector of Taxes of 11 Sth St James St, aged 47, bur. Sth Leith 692/02 0370 0016, copy d/loaded Mar 2012.
  8. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Dunse, Par. of Duns, BEW Par 735 ED 1 Pg 21 SChed 109, hsehold of Jane FAIRBAIRN, extracted May 2008.
  9. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at, Birth 16 Mar 1823 Christian d/o Archibald FAIRBAIRN & Margaret STEVENS, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN, from Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 batch C11988-6 film 993529, extracted Dec 2011.
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