Thomas Fairbairn (m. Elspeth REDPATH)1

(circa 1790 - 17 Oct 1854)
Father-AssmdRobert Fairbairn (say 1750 - ); naming pattern fits, both have Gordon connections2,3
Mother-AssmdMargaret Patterson2,3 (say 1750 - )


     Thomas Fairbairn was born circa 1790 Gordon, Par. of Gordon, BEW, SCT.4
     Thomas Fairbairn married Elspeth Redpath on 18 Dec 1807 Canongate, Edinburgh, MLN, SCT.1,4,5,6
     Thomas Fairbairn married Betsy Nicholson on 8 Jul 1840 Ottawa, ONT, CAN.7,8
     Thomas Fairbairn died on 17 Oct 1854 Montreal, QUE, CAN.9


     Thomas Fairbairn appeared on the census of bet. 1851 - 1852 Nepean, Carleton Co., Canada West (ONT), CAN, with Betsy Fairbairn, enumerated as Patsy advises: "In the 1851 census Thomas' brother Robert Fairbairn b. c1779 was visiting him (Robert's usual residence is listed as Gananoque Ontario). I don't have anything else on him at this point. In the census he claims he's married."
Took me a while to find them, as ancestry had indexed them as Farrbarin.
FAIRBAIRN (all b SCT): Thos 61 farmer Free Ch; Betsy 55 Estbd Presby; Peter 25, Elizabeth 26 both labourers, Free Ch; Robert 72 labourer resid (out of town limits) Gannonoque (prev. entry WILLIAMS family, Peter later married Jane.)2,8

DNA Info

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


     Thomas Fairbairn is the ancestor of researcher Patty Brown. (See Montreal Fairbairns) Email: Patty.10,11


Elspeth Redpath (circa May 1789 - Jul 1839)
  • Helen Fairbairn1 (1808 - )
  • Margaret Fairbairn1 (1811 - )
  • Robert Fairbairn1 (1815 - May 1895)
  • John Fairbairn1 (Nov 1817 - Jul 1903)
  • Agnes Fairbairn1 (1819 - )
  • Elizabeth Fairbairn8 (circa 1825 - aft. 1851)
  • Peter Fairbairn5 (circa 1829 - Apr 1881)
ChartsLineage 1b4: Robert & Margaret (PATTERSON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited24 Feb 2015


  1. [S2285] GenForum online at, Thomas & Elspeth (Redpath) FAIRBAIRN, Rideau Canal, posted Aug 2001 by Karen GRANT, extracted Jan 2003.
  2. [S2763] Patty BROWN, "EM FAIRBAIRN/REDPATH ex Patty B," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, 1851 Census, CAN, Robert & Thomas FAIRBAIRN, rcvd Aug 2008.
  3. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Dec 2008.
  4. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Montreal Queries, from, posted by Patty Brown, extracted Jul 2008.
  5. [S5] online at, Marr. 27 Feb 1861 Peter FAIRBURN & Jane WILLIAMS, Ottawa, Carleton, ONT, film 1030062, extracted Jul 2008.
  6. [S3124] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Midlothian, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Marriages 1538-1854", Marr. 18 Dec 1807 Thomas FAIRBAIRN & Elspit REIDPATH, Canongate, Edin. MLN 685/03 0170 0189, extracted Jan 2003.
  7. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Marr. 8 Jul 1840 Thomas FAIRBAIRN & Betsy NICHOLSON, Ottawa, from…, extracted Dec 2011.
  8. [S809] Census image, Canada, via, 1851 Nepean, Carleton Co, Canada West (Ontario) Dist 4 Sub Dist 31 Pg 3 Sched A Roll C_11716, hsehold of Thos & Betsy FAIRBAIRN, extracted Oct 2008.
  9. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Dth 17 Oct 1854 Thomas FAIRBAIRN, Montreal, QUE, from a query submitted by Patty Brown, online at…, extracted Jan 2010.
  10. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) John FAIRBAIRN 1817-1903 from Histoire de la Corporation de la Cite de Montreal 1903, in Montreal Queries, from, posted by Patty Brown, extracted Jul 2008.
  11. [S2763] Patty BROWN, "EM FAIRBAIRN/REDPATH ex Patty B," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Jul 2008.
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