Thomas Fairbairn1

(28 Jul 1770 - Mar 1834)
FatherGeorge Fairbairn1,2 (say 1750 - )
MotherMary Ramsay1,2 (say 1740 - )


     Thomas Fairbairn was born on 28 Jul 1770 Tolbooth Kirk Parish, Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, entry reads: George Fairbairn ?baxter burges? in Tolbooth Kirk Parish and Mary Ramsay his spouse a son named Thomas, witnesses Thomas Syme Confectioner and Alexr Thomson Grocer in Edr the dhild was born 28th July last.
(might be 20th, but an above 30th looks different.)1,3,2 He was baptized on 1 Aug 1770 Par. of Edinburgh, MLN, SCT.2
     Thomas Fairbairn married Margaret Clarkson on 27 Jun 1806 St Cuthberts, Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, date/place from igi.1,4
     Thomas Fairbairn died in Mar 1834 Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, at age 63.1 He was buried on 24 Mar 1834 Calton Burying Ground, South Leith, MLN, SCT, entry shows Thomas as 69, d. of apoplexy, merchant of Edinburgh, late of Sir W Forbes & Coy Bank, from No ? N St James St, buried in old ground 6ft from the NE c of Taylor & Spratts Purchase.5
Thomas a banker, father of the Rev John Clarkson FAIRBAIRN, Minister of the Free Kirk at Allanton, and 2* great grandfather of Sir Nicholas FAIRBAIRN, MP.6

DNA Info

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Margaret Clarkson (Aug 1770 - Feb 1844)
  • Agnes Fairbairn1 (1807 - )
  • George Fairbairn1 (1808 - 1874)
  • Rev John Clarkson Fairbairn1 (Dec 1809 - Sep 1873)
  • Thomas Fairbairn M.D.1 (Mar 1811 - aft. 1853)
  • James Fairbairn1 (1812 - bef. 1818)
  • William Fairbairn1,7 (Nov 1814 - circa 1873)
  • James Fairbairn1 (Mar 1818 - )
  • Robert Wilson Fairbairn1 (Aug 1821 - Jun 1845)
  • Janet Fairbairn1,8 (Aug 1823 - Jan 1886)
ChartsGeorge & Mary/Marion (RAMSAY) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited15 Apr 2013


  1. [S1960] Sanna F Ross (Gaffney), "EM FAIRBAIRN: Borders ex Sanna G," e-mail to Lorna & GenForum FAIRBAIRN, Jan 2003.
  2. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 28 Jul Bap 1 Aug 1770 Thomas s/o George FAIRBAIRN & Mary RAMSAY, of Tolbooth Kirk Parish, Edinburgh Parish, MLN 685/001 0330 0248, copy d/loaded May 2009.
  3. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 28 Jul 1770 Thomas to George FAIRBAIRN & Mary RAMSAY, batch C119812, Edinburgh Parish, Edin, MLN, extracted Mar 2008.
  4. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), FAIRBAIRN/CLARKSON Batch M119883-?-1066757 extracted Jan 2003.
  5. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bur. 24 Mar 1834 Thomas FAIRBAIRN, aged 63, merchant of Edin, Calton Burying Grnd, Leith Sth, 692/02 0301 pg 290, copy d/loaded May 2009,.
  6. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Apr 2013.
  7. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 3 Jan 1815 William s/o Thomas FAIRBAIRN & Margaret CLERKSON, batch C119876, St Cuthberts, Edin, MLN, extracted Mar 2008.
  8. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Dth 25 Jan 1886 Janet BINNE nee FAIRBAIRN, from, extracted Mar 2008.
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