Elizabeth Purves1,2

(circa 1732 - 10 Mar 1808)


     Elizabeth Purves was born circa 1732 ?Legerwood, BEW, SCT.3,2 Some sources show Elizabeth as born on 24 Dec 1732 Old Melrose, ROX, SCT, Entry reads: 'Elizabeth D: toJames purves and Margt scott in old Melrose Bapt: Wit: James Scott & Andw Mein'
(asusmption from the few known children was that Elizabeth's mother was a Margaret, so although Melrose didn't immediately appear to be a relevant birthplace, it is possible, however, I've now placed a Magdalen and Elizabeth in the family ahead of Margaret in the peckng order as far as naming pattern goes - there are other options about the right time frame in Greenlaw and Lauder.)4,5 She married James Fairbairn, son of John Fairbairn (m. Magdalen BO) and Magdalen Bo, on 18 Nov 1754 Legerwood, BEW, SCT; entry reads: "Married were James Fairbairn and Elizabeth Purves both in this parish."2,6,1
     Elizabeth Purves died on 10 Mar 1808; aged 75.4 She was buried with James Fairbairn Earlston, BEW, SCT, #602: IMO Elizabeth PURVES spouse to James FAIRBAIRN tenant in Hallyburren who d. 10.3.1808 aged 75 and of the said James FAIRBAIRN who d. 25.10.1808 aged 88 (I've assumed Hallyburren is Hallyburton, Greenlaw.)3


James Fairbairn (m. Elizabeth PURVES) (circa Jan 1722 - Oct 1808)
  • Magdalen Fairbairn (circa Sep 1760 - )
  • James Fairbairn7 (circa Aug 1762 - bet. 1841 - 1851)
  • Margaret Fairbairn8 (circa Jan 1765 - Nov 1811)
  • Elizabeth Fairbairn (circa May 1767 - )
  • John Fairbairn+9,10 (circa 1772 - Jul 1824)
ChartsLineage 1a2: John & Magdalen (BO) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited19 Mar 2014


  1. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marr. 18 Nov 1754 James FAIRBAIRN and Elizabeth PURVES, patron submission, batch 7204722, sheet 81 film 0820209, extracted c 1994.
  2. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 18 Nov 1754 James FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeth PURVES, Legerwood, BEW, "both in this parish", 749/0010 0077, copy d/loaded May 2009.
  3. [S692] Borders FHS, MIs: BEW Earlston - extracts, #602 James FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeth PURVES, extracted Mar 2009.
  4. [S2520] OneGreatFamily online at http://OneGreatFamily.com, Birth 24 Dec 1732 (Old Melrose) Dth 10 Mar 1808 (aged 75) Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN nee PURVES, from O'Sullivan/Cassidy (extensive) FAIRBAIRN tree, no contact details available, extracted May 2009.
  5. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Bap.24 Dec 1732 Elizabeth d/o James PURVES & Margt SCOTT, Old Melrose, 799/00 0020 0163, copy d/loaded Sep 2010.
  6. [S2520] OneGreatFamily online at http://OneGreatFamily.com, Marr. 18 Nov 1754 James FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeth PURVES, Legerwood, from O'Sullivan/Cassidy (extensive) FAIRBAIRN tree, no contact details available, extracted May 2009.
  7. [S1918] Newspaper clippings, Obit 1 Jun 1895 Rev John FAIRBAIRN, Greenlaw, from The Free Church of Scotland Monthly (Edinburgh, Scotland), Saturday, June 01, 1895; pg. 143. Empire, extracted Sep 2010.
  8. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Bap. 7 Jan 1756 Margaret d/o James FAIRBAIRN, indweller, Legerwood, BEW 749/0010 0078, copy d/loaded May 2009.
  9. [S1] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", Sep 2010.
  10. [S1918] Newspaper clippings, Obit 1 Jun 1895 Rev John FAIRBAIRN, Greenlaw, from "The Free Chrch of Scotland Monthly" (Edinburgh, Scotland) pg 143 "Empire", copy d/loaded Sep 2010.
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