John Fairbarne (m. Helen GRIEVE)1

(1693 - )
FatherGeorge Fairbairn1,2 (say 1663 - )
MotherChristian Bookles1,2 (say 1665 - )


     John Fairbairn was born in 1693 Cockburnspath, BEW, SCT, NB several trees show John as born/baptized 1692, the page is clearly headed 1693.1,2,3 He was baptized on 1 Oct 1693 Cockburnspath, BEW; OPR page headed 1693, entry headed "Cock: Octbr 1st reads:
P: Geo: ffairbarne Christian Buickless
B: John lawll
W: Wm Robson Alxr Brotter.1
     John Fairbairn married Helen Grieve say 1722 ?Cockburnspath, BEW, SCT, the marriage not being immediately obvious on the OPR.4,5
IF they followed the naming pattern, and IF the John married to Helen is the son of George and Christian, there's likely to be an earlier son named George prior to 1724. Noted that there's a George to a George in Dunbar, 1722 - and a family of a George & Mary (Outerson) Fairbairn in Cockburnspath between 1750 and 1766, but also a George baptized 1723 Cockburnspath to James & Helen (Purves) Fairbairn.5
DNA results rcvd for Bill (F-53), descendant of John & Helen (Feb 2013) show that we appear to have found the original line of all the matching Borders FAIRBAIRNs in Haplogroup I1, the Cockburnspath FAIRBAIRNs.6

DNA Info

     John belongs to a tested line in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Follow this link for supplementary DNA information.
     John's line needs a/another participant in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Check out the Wanted! page for further information.


     John Fairbarne (m. Helen GRIEVE) is the ancestor of researcher Tara Hawkins (Johnson). (This is the line usually known as the Cockburnspath FAIRBAIRNs.) Email: Tara.7 John's line is also being researched by Bill Fairbairn (F-53). (This is the line usually known as the Cockburnspath FAIRBAIRNs.) Email: Bill.8,9


Helen Grieve (say 1692 - )
  • James Fairbairn10 (Sep 1724 - )
  • Margaret Fairbairn11 (Dec 1729 - )
  • Christian Fairbairn12 (Sep 1730 - )
  • Robert Fairbairn13 (circa Sep 1733 - )
  • David Fairbairn14,15 (circa Aug 1736 - )
  • John Fairbairn16 (circa Sep 1743 - )
ChartsLineage 1a1: George & Christian (BOOKLES) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited22 Jan 2017


  1. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 1 Oct 1693 John s/o George FAIRBARNE & Christian BUICKLESS, Cockburnspath, BEW, 731/ 0010 0175, copy d/loaded Feb 2012.
  2. [S1775] Tricia HUGHES (29937), "EM FAIRBAIRN/BALD/HOOD ex Tricia H," e-mail to L McIntosh (1), Birth 1692 John s/o George F FAIRBAIRN & Christian BOOKLES, rcvd Apr 2002.
  3. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Bap. 1 Oct 1692 John s/o George FAIRBAIRN & Christian BUCKLOSE, Cockburnspath from, extracted Jun 2009.
  4. [S1775] Tricia HUGHES (29937), "EM FAIRBAIRN/BALD/HOOD ex Tricia H," e-mail to L McIntosh (1), Apr 2002.
  5. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Feb 2012.
  6. [S2656] FamilyTree DNA, "FamilyTree DNA", 1-67 marker results for (F-53), spot on the modal, extracted Feb 2013.
  7. [S1175] Tara JOHNSON (1:16108), "EM FAIRBAIRN/YOUNG/PATERSON ex Tara," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Revised email address, rcvd Jan 2013.
  8. [S2824] Bill Fairbairn (F-53), "FAIRBAIRN/GRIEVE Cockburnspath ex Bill F," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Rcvd Sep 2012.
  9. [S2285] GenForum online at, George Crow FAIRBAIRN of Cockburnspath, online at, posted Aug 2001 ex Bill FAIRBAIRN, extracted Aug 2001.
  10. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Batch 7208151-72-820260.
  11. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Batch 7525103-89-884619.
  12. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Batch 7208151-66-820260.
  13. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 16 Sep 1733 Robert s/o John FAIRBAIRN (Oldcam) & Helen GRIEVE, Cockburnspath, BEW, Dist 731/0020 0048, copy d/loaded Jun 2009.
  14. [S1775] Tricia HUGHES (29937), "EM FAIRBAIRN/BALD/HOOD ex Tricia H," e-mail to L McIntosh (1), Birth 1736 David s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Helen GRIEVE, rcvd Apr 2002.
  15. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 29 Aug 1736 David s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Helen GRIEVE, Old Cambus, Par. of Cockburnspath, BEW, copy d/loaded Jun 2009.
  16. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Batch 7208151-30-820260.
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