John Fairbairn (m. Helen ATCHESON)1

(say 1745 - )


     James is one of two contemporary James Fairbairns in the Legerwood OPRs.
The other was at "Carrolside milln" for the baptisms of his chidren from 1788 to Apr 1794, and given that this James married in Aug 1794, and a grandson was a miller, it wasn't beyond the bounds of possibility that they were one and the same person - until a baptism was found that explicilty named the mother, that for a William in 1802 to James and Agnes (BRACK) of Carrolside Mill.2


     John Fairbairn was born say 1745 ?Smailholm, ROX, SCT.3,4
     John Fairbairn married Helen Atcheson on 1 Apr 1771 Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, Legerwood Kirk Sessions 28th Apr 1771: Compeared John Fairbairn & Helen Aitchison & signified to the Session that they had been married Irregularly at Edinr the first Inst & that they were sorry for the offence that they had given thereby They produced Lines of their Marriage and expressed their willingness to submit to the Session. They being removed the Session after deliberating maturely appointed them to pay Two shillings & six pence Ster. for the .. of the poor Rebuked at the Barr and absolved which was done accordingly.3,5,1

DNA Info

     John belongs to a tested line in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Follow this link for supplementary DNA information.


     John Fairbairn (m. Helen ATCHESON) is the ancestor of researcher Anne Murphy. Email: Anne.6


Helen Atcheson (say 1750 - )
  • Elizabeth Fairbairn7 (circa Mar 1773 - )
  • female Fairbairn3 (Mar 1773 - )
  • Grizel Fairbairn3 (circa Jun 1775 - )
  • John Fairbairn4 (circa 1788 - Jun 1863)
  • Charlotte Fairbairn8 (circa 1790 - Jun 1855)
  • George Fairbairn9 (circa 1791 - Jan 1873)
ChartsLineage 1a4: John & Helen (ATCHESON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited24 Nov 2012


  1. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Kirk Sessions 28 Apr 1771 John FAIRBARN & Helen AITCHISON, Legerwood, BEW, 749/00 0010 0193, copy d/loaded Sep 2010.
  2. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Sep - Dec 2010.
  3. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI).
  4. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 27 Jun 1863 John FAIRBAIRN, reg. Smailholm ROX Dist 805 Pg 3 #7, copy d/loaded Mar 2008.
  5. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marr. 28 Apr 1751 John FAIRBAIRN & Helen AITCHISON, batch 7204836 Sheet 92 Call #0820217, patron submission, extracted May 2008.
  6. [S14] FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project online at, Mar 2011.
  7. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 29 Mar 1773 Elizabeth d/o John FAIRBAIRN & Helen ATCHESON, batch C118052 Smailholm ROX, extracted May 2008.
  8. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 16 Jun 1855 Charlotte d/o John FAIRBAIRN & Helen AITCHESON, Earlston, BEW, 736 #18, copy d/loaded (for Elizabeth SMAIL) Nov 2012.
  9. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 7 Jan 1873 George s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Helen AITCHISON, Earlston, BEW 736 Pg 1 #2, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
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