(say 1760 - bet. 1803 - 1866)
IntroAll that is known about Robert himself is derived from his marriage record, baptisms of two children, and an obituary for his known son John, which states John was the "youngest son of Robert Fairbairn, Esq. of East Gordon, Berwickshire".
The two elder sons are yet to be found, and are not immediately obvious in the 1855+ deaths on Scotlands People.
Robert is of an age, and with place connections to Greenlaw (where daughter Isabella was born), that he may be the son of James and Elizabeth (PURVES) Fairbairn of Hallyburton, who had many descendants in Australia, grandson George having emigrated to South Australia in 1839, shortly thereafter moving to Victoria.
Robert's son John was in Western Australia around 1839, later moving to New South Wales, via "the Murray" district - which just happens to be (assuming only one) where a grandson of the Hallyburton family emigrated to abt 1855.
Both George and John had children who rose to prominent positions.3,4,5
BDMsRobert Fairbairn was born say 1760 ?Greenlaw, BEW, SCT.2 He married Janet Ainslie on 25 Jul 1789 Gordon, BEW, SCT; entry reads: "Robert Fairbairn was married to Janet Ainslie" (entry 27th Jun: "Robert Fairbairn and Janet Ainslie both in this parish" - followed a "Compeared for proclamations in order to marriage for James Aitchison and Janet McDougal.")6
Robert Fairbairn died bet. 1803 - 1866 ?Greenlaw, BEW.2
DNA InfoRobert's line needs a/another participant in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Check out the Wanted! page for further information.
|Janet Ainslie (say 1765 - bet. 1803 - 1866)|
|Charts||Robert & Janet (AINSLIE) FAIRBAIRN|
|Last Edited||21 Jan 2012|
- [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Bap 12 Oct 1794 Alexander s/o Robert FAIRBAIRN, tenant, East Gordon, BEW 742/00 0040 0194, copy d/loaded Oct 2010.
- [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 4 Jun 1866 Isabella SUTHERLAND d/o Robert FAIRBAIRN & Janet AINSLIE, Greenlaw, BEW 743 #10, copy d/loaded Oct 2010.
- [S1918] Newspaper clippings, Dth 8 Jul 1872 John FAIRBAIRN, youngest son late Robert FAIRBAIRN Esq., East Gordon, BEW, from The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Sat 13 Jul, 1872, online at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13260434, extracted Nov 2010.
- [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Oct 2010.
- [S2841] Interview, Jack FAIRBAIRN, Immigration, 1855 John FAIRBAIRN, to farm on the Murray, VIC phone conversation Apr 2009.
- [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 25 Jul 1789 Robert FAIRBAIRN & Janet AINSLIE, Gordon, BEW 742/00 0040 0160, index searched Oct 2010.
- [S2891] 1797 Farm Horse Tax Rolls - Scotland online at http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/, 11 Sep 1797 Robert FAIRBAIRN, Cowrig, Par. of Greenlaw, BEW, extracted Dec 2009.
- [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth/bap? 6 Aug 1801 Isabel d/o Robert FAIRBAIRN & Janet AINSLIE, Greenlaw, BEW 743/ 0010 0133, index searched Oct 2010.