Robert Fairbairn1

(say 1765 - 28 Mar 1832)


     Robert Fairbairn was estimated to have been born say 1765 ?ROX, SCT, date estimated from age of wife, place estimated from marriage entry not showing either party was from other than Smailholm.2,3
     Robert Fairbairn married Elizabeth Crosbie on 24 Jan 1790 Smailholm, ROX, SCT, Entry for 24 Jan reads: Robert Fairbairn to Elisabeth Crosbie.
Shows on igi as Robert FAIRBAIRN to Elizabeth CORSBIE (and on Sct People index - writing could easily be turned into CROSBIE.)1,4,2
     Robert Fairbairn died on 28 Mar 1832 Overtown, Par. of Smailholm, ROX, SCT.1,5 He was buried with Elizabeth Crosbie Smailholm, ROX, Burial records in the Smailholm OPRs record:
1832: Robert FAIRBAIRN labourer resident in Overtown of Smailholm died 29 Mar 1832 and was buried in Smailholm churchyard on 30 Mar 1832
1849: Fairbairn Elizabeth, East Third died on the 6th day of March aged 82 and was buried in Smailholm Churchyard on the 7th of March

which latter conflicts with a 2003 posting on the Roxburghshire RootsWeb Message board:
Elizabeth Crosbie or Fairbairn in Smailholm Overtown died on 28 Sep 1829 and was buried in Smailholm churchyard 30 Sep 1829 - and has been discounted as she is with dtr Agnes in 1841.6,5
Where does Robert "fit"?
By naming pattern of known/assumed children, his parents are possibly an Andrew and Elizabeth.

By yDNA matches, firmly in the matching echelon of Scottish Borders I1 haplogroup Fairbairn, somewhere down from I1-Y7277 (but being refined with advanced testing)

Interesting to note that:
- from 1802-1805 Robert is recorded as being at Bettyfield (Smailholm).
In an 1814 plan of the Smailholm churchyard there's a note of a Robert Fairbairn at Bettyfield, also a Robert Fairbairn, labourer, Smailholm.
- the burial entry two away from Robert's in the Smailholm OPR is for a John Fairbairn residing East Third dying, and being buried, on the 30th of August *
- the entry between them is for a John Crosbie residing Overown being buried 7th August

* which burial meant a reluctance on my part to assign the John Fairbairn married to Jane Waddell as the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Crosbie) Fairbairn - at least until the DNA matches started accumulating between descendants of Robert.
As this is autosomal DNA, there's still scope for re-interpretation however.7

DNA Info

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


     Click here to see Robert's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.8


     Robert Fairbairn is the ancestor of researcher Geoffrey Lachlan Fairbairn (F-39). Email: Geoffrey.9


Elizabeth Crosbie (circa 1766 - Mar 1849)
  • Andrew Fairbairn1 (Aug 1790 - Jan 1861)
  • James Fairbairn+3 (circa Nov 1792 - bet. 1830 - 1841)
  • Helen Fairbairn6 (circa Jul 1795 - bef. 1810)
  • Thomas Fairbairn10 (circa Feb 1797 - )
  • John Fairbairn+ (circa Aug 1799 - Dec 1848); first son of John and Jane named Robert; bap. of John son of Robert and Elizabeth in 1799 Smailholm mostly fits age of John marr. Jane Waddell; 1841 census shows John as born Scotland, but not Berwickshire, so could be Roxburghshire; atDNA matches between a descendant of John's dtr Christian and 1) a descendant of John's son John (marr. Helen Ross); 2) a double descendant of Robert and Elizabeth's son Andrew;11
  • Robert Fairbairn10 (Dec 1802 - Mar 1873)
  • Elizabeth Fairbairn10 (May 1805 - )
  • Agnes Fairbairn10 (Jun 1807 - Nov 1883)
  • Helen Fairbairn10 (circa Oct 1810 - )
ChartsLineage 1b4b: Robert and Elizabeth (CROSBIE) Fairbairn
Last Edited9 Sep 2017


  1. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Dth 1861 Andrew FAIRBAIRN, ex RootsWeb Roxburghshire Msge Board, posted Jun 2003, extracted Sep 2003.
  2. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 24 Jan 1790 Robert FAIRBAIRN & Elisabeth CROSBIE (or CORSBIE), Smailholm, ROX 805/0010 0173, copy d/loaded (for Agnes FAIRBAIRN/Robert TURNBUL) Mar 2009.
  3. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Sep 2003.
  4. [S888] FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), FAIRBAIRN/CROSBIE, batch M118052-?-1067951, extracted Sep 2003.
  5. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Dth 28 Mar Bur. 30th 1832 Robert FAIRBAIRN, Overtown of Smailholm, ROX, dist 805/00 0115, copy d/loaded May 2009.
  6. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) FAIRBAIRN/CROSBIE, ex RootsWeb Roxburghshire Msge Board, posted Jun 2003 by Graham Fairbairn from Smailholm OPR, extracted Sep 2003.
  7. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Updated Sep 2017.
  8. [S3217] WikiTree online at, Sep 2017.
  9. [S2963] Geoffrey FAIRBAIRN (64161), "EM FAIRBAIRN/CROSBIE ex Geoffrey F," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Rcvd Sep 2010.
  10. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), FAIRBAIRN/CROSBIE, batch C118052 1648 - 1820 1067951, 0102302 Film 6901560, extracted Sep 2003.
  11. [S1] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", Aug 2017.
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