Thomas Fairbairn (m. Elspeth WOOD)1,2

(circa 1746 - 1814)


     Thomas Fairbairn was born circa 1746 ?BEW, SCT, There's a handy baptism in Earlston of a Thomas FREBAIRN to a Robert that may be this Thomas, born or baptised same date as a James, with a Jennet & Margaret both born/baptised the same 1744 date, also at Earlston.
Another option is the 1746 Thomas to Francis & Janet (Thomson) FAIRBAIRN in Smailholm but although that's a date "fit" Francis and Janet aren't family names for Thomas and Elspeth.
Stretching the date by 5 years back could bring into contention the Thomas born 1741 Smailholm to John and Bessie (Flint) FAIRBAIRN, (which would fit naming pattern given the eldest known son of John) and if so, a dna match should ensue between a descendant of Thomas and Elspeth, and those in the dna project in Lineage 1e.2,3,4,5
     Thomas Fairbairn married Elspeth Wood say 1784 ?BEW revised date based on earliest Fogo bap. to a Thomas in 1785 (Nanny) - but this makes Elspeth only 17 if headstone dates are to believed.1,2,6,7
     Thomas Fairbairn died in 1814 Leitholm, Par. of Eccles, BEW, SCT; aged 68.2 He was buried with Elspeth Wood Fogo, BEW, SCT, H/stone #17: STMO Thomas Fairbairn, Leitholm, who did 1814 aged 68 yrs; Also Elspeth Wood his wife who died 1833 aged 66 and their sons, John who died 1795 aged 5, George who died 1810 aged 18, also Euphemia their daughter who d. at Leitholm 14.3 1852 aged 65 yrs.8,2,9
Other children have been stated to include (still trying to refind the source!): "Isobel m. Alexander Luke; Agnes m. John Glasgow; Eupamie was a spinster no issue; John 1st son name John; Katharine (Kathern) m. Robert Rogers; George no issue; Elspeth m. 1st Alex Davidson, 2nd Colin Clark; Robert m. 1st Hellen Milne, 2nd Ellen Fowler; and 3rd Elizabeth Clandening (nee Ferguson); James m. Margery Rose, and John 2nd son named John m. Janet Lyal. John died in Yetholm Berwickshire."
Agnes assumed to be Nanny bap. Jan. 1785 which mostly fits her headstone at Eccles
"Eupamie" spinster no issue assumed to have been deduced from headstone. Euphemia and Elspeth are synonymous, and there's a bap. of Elspeth in Dec 1794 which age gels with at least one sighting of Euphemia with husband William STEWART/STUART, and Euphemia is documented as a sister of Catherine ROGERS, whose dth cert. shows her parents as Thomas (shepherd) and Elspeth (WOOD) Fairbairn
Which causes a few problems with "Elspeth m. 1st Alex Davidson, 2nd Colin Clark; " yet to be resolved, although it does appear that the Fairbairn marrying Colin Clark (baker) was an Elizabeth, relict of the late Alexander Davidson, tailor in Sprouston, rather than an Elspeth/Euphemia

In addition the occupation changes for Thomas are a bit bewildering.
1785-1790 ditcher in Fogo (baptisms)
1840 grocer in Leitholm (dtr Euphemia's marriage)
1864 & 1869 shepherd (Catherine and John's dth certs.)10,7

DNA Info

     Thomas's line needs a/another participant in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Check out the Wanted! page for further information.


     Click here to see Thomas's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.11


     Thomas Fairbairn (m. Elspeth WOOD) is the ancestor of researcher Norma Niven (CHANTLER). (Norma being a gr gr granddtr of Christiana FAIRBAIRN and Nicholas HURST) Email: Norma.12


Elspeth Wood (circa 1767 - 1833)
  • Nanny Fairbairn6 (circa Dec 1784 - Dec 1832)
  • Louisa Fairbairn13 (circa May 1786 - )
  • John Fairbairn2 (circa Mar 1788 - 1795)
  • Catherine Fairbairn14 (circa Jul 1790 - May 1864)
  • George Fairbairn2 (circa Apr 1792 - 1810)
  • Euphemia Fairbairn2 (circa Dec 1794 - Mar 1852)
  • Robert Fairbairn1 (Nov 1796 - Sep 1874)
  • John Fairbairn15 (Feb 1799 - Feb 1869)
  • James Fairbairn16 (circa 1800 - aft. 1880)
  • Isobel Fairbairn17 (circa Oct 1803 - )
  • Thomas Fairbairn1 (circa Apr 1807 - bet. 1870 - 1880)
ChartsThomas & Elspeth (WOOD) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited8 Jun 2017


  1. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), extracted Aug 2002.
  2. [S3123] Curious Fox online at, FAIRBAIRN H/stone: Fogo, BEW, extracted Jan 2009.
  3. [S3110] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Births 1538-1854", Birth/bap.? 21 Aug 1747 Thomas & James s/o Robert FREBAIRN, Earlston, 736/ 0010 0109, extracted from index Dec 2011.
  4. [S3110] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Births 1538-1854", Birth/bap.? 16 Aug 1744 Jennet & Margaret d/o Robert FREBAIRN, Earlston, 736/ 0010 0104, extracted from index Dec 2011.
  5. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Dec 2011.
  6. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 2 Jan 1785 Nanny d/o Thos FAIRBAIRN, (ditcher, Fogo), Fogo, BEW, 740 10 pg 153 of 243, copy d/loaded Feb 2017.
  7. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Feb 2017.
  8. [S2149] Norma CHANTLER (37714), "EM FAIRBAIRN/WOOD ex Norma C," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Bur. Thomas FAIRBAIRN & Elspeth WOOD, Fogo, BEW, from Fairbairn GenForum posting, May 2006.
  9. [S3166] Borders FHS, MIs: BEW Fogo, H/stone #17 Thomas FAIRBAIRN & Elspeth WOOD and family, extracted Apr 2012.
  10. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) FAIRBAIRN H/stone: Fogo, BEW, extracted Jan 2009.
  11. [S3217] WikiTree online at, Added Jun 2017.
  12. [S2149] Norma CHANTLER (37714), "EM FAIRBAIRN/WOOD ex Norma C," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Mar 2008.
  13. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 28 May 1786 Louisa d/o Thos FAIRBAIRN, (ditcher, Fogo), Fogo, BEW, 740 10 pg 156 of 243, copy d/loaded Feb 2017.
  14. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 4 May 1864 Catherine ROGERS, d/o Thomas FAIRBAIRN and Elspeth WOOD; wife of Robert ROGERS, Leitholm, Eccles, BEW, 737 #13, copy d/loaded Feb 2017.
  15. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 3 Feb 1869 John FAIRBAIRN, aged 68, Yetholm, ROX Dist 811/00 Pg 1 #3, copy d/loaded Jan 2009.
  16. [S2149] Norma CHANTLER (37714), "EM FAIRBAIRN/WOOD ex Norma C," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Fairbairn GenForum posting, May 2006.
  17. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at, Bap. 20 Oct 1803 Isobel d/o Thomas FAIRBORN & Elspath WOOD, Eccles, BEW, from Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 batch C11737-2 film 1067896, extracted from index Dec 2011.
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