Marion Fairbairn1

(26 Apr 1872 - 17 Apr 1964)
FatherPeter Fairbairn (circa 1838 - Dec 1880)
MotherElizabeth Runciman2 (circa May 1841 - Dec 1925)


     Marion Fairbairn was born on 26 Apr 1872 Shore, Dunbar, ELN, SCT, cert. shows Marion as d/o Peter FAIRBAIRN fisherman & Elizabeth m.s. LITSTER (marr. Oct 1862, Dunbar* ); Born 11:30 pm. Reg. 8th May by father Peter FAIRBAIRN, present
* close! Peter FAIRBAIRN and Elizabeth RUNCIMAN, ie not Litster, married Oct 1859 Dunbar. No sign (yet) of a Litster/Fairbairn marriage at all. There is however an Elizabeth LITSTER birth in the OPR for Haddington 1845.2,1,3
     Marion Fairbairn married Joseph Dickson Golightly in 1897 Dunbar, ELN, SCT.4
     Marion Golightly died on 17 Apr 1964 Lloydminster, SAS, CAN, at age 91.2,5
Although Marion's 1872 birth cert. does indeed show her parents as Peter FAIRBAIRN and Elizabeth maiden surname LITSTER, who supposedly married Oct 1862, Dunbar, the latter two "facts" seem at odds with other data.
Peter FAIRBAIRN and Elizabeth RUNCIMAN married Oct 1859 at Dunbar.
Census data places Marion with her mother Elizabeth.
The clincher for the id however is that in 1922 Marion GOLIGHTLY is returning to Canada to join her husband Joseph and gives her nearest relative in country from whence she came as mother Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN of 11 West Port, Dunbar.
Which is the usual residence given on the 1925 Tranent death cert. of Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, widow of Peter FAIRBAIRN, fisherman, and daughter of Walter RUNCIMAN & Elizabeth SLIGHT

In addition many ancestry trees show Marion dtr of Peter and Elizabeth as dying at Stenton in 1946.
That death is actually a Marion Edmond FAIRBAIRN nee COWE, married to Thomas FAIRBAIRN, ploughman.6


     Maria Fairbairn appeared on the census of 3 Apr 1881 7 Custom House Sq, Dunbar, ELN, SCT, in the household of Elizabeth Runciman as daughter of Elizabeth.2


     Click here to see Marion's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.7
ChartsLineage 1a1: George & Christian (BOOKLES) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited27 Jan 2019


  1. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Birth 26 Apr 1872 Marion d/o Peter FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeth LITSTER, Dunbar, ELN, 706/58, copy d/loaded Jan 2019.
  2. [S210] 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via Family Search/LDS CDs, FHL Film 0224025 GRO Ref Volume 706 EnumDist 6 Page 5, extracted Aug 2004.
  3. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Jan 2019.
  4. [S2970] Births deaths marriages index: Scotland 1855+, Marr. 1897 Joseph Dickson GOLIGHTLY & Marion FAIRBAIRN, 706/ 17 Dunbar, extracted Jan 2019 ,
  5. [S2811] Find A Grave online at, H/stone Joseph GOLIGHTLY (6 Apr 1871 - 4 Feb 1943) & Marion GOLIGHTLY (26 Apr 1872 - 17 Apr 1964), Lloydminster, SAS, memorial #61257766, extracted Jan 2019.
  6. [S1] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", Jan 2019.
  7. [S3217] WikiTree online at,, uploaded Jan 2019.
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