Robert Fairbairn1

(circa 1809 - bet. Jan 1876 - Mar 1876)


     Robert Fairbairn was born circa 1809 SCT census range 1808 to 1810.
There is a Robertson born to John FAIRBAIRN and Ann KERR shown as born in Dalkeith in 1808 that may be of interest (no other children immediately obvious.)1,2,3
     Robert Fairbairn married Mary Ann Wilson on 17 Jul 1836 Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL, ENG.4,5,1
     Robinson Fairbairn died bet. Jan 1876 - Mar 1876 reg. Morpeth, NBL, ENG.6,7,8
With the occurrence of the first name Robinson in both this family, and that of John & Rachel (CAIRNCROSS) FAIRBAIRN, is there a connection?
Robert looks unlikely to be a son of Rachel IF she is correctly identified in the 1841 census, but perhaps both John and Robert are siblings?
(Robert is also recorded as Robinson in some records.)9,10,7


     Robert Fairbairn and Mary Ann Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 Fighting Cock Row, Byker, All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL, ENG, and are assumed to be husband and wife. They were enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Robert 30 b SCT J Plasterer; Mary 25, Harriet 2, Elizabeth 1 all b Cty.1
     The census of 1851 showed Robert with his wife Mary, their sons Robert and Thomas, their dtr Harriet Albion Row (21), Byker, All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL, ENG, household enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Robert 41 plasterer b SCT; wife Mary 35 b Newcastle; Children: Harriet 12 scholar; Robert 3, Thomas 1 all b Newcastle NBL.2
     Robert Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1861 Bullers Green, Morpeth, NBL, ENG, with Mary enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Robert 53 plasterer master b SCT; wife Mary 45 b Newcastle; James 5 b Newcastle NBL.11
     The census of 1871 showed Robert with his wife Mary, their sons Robert, Thomas and James, their dtr Harriet Morpeth, NBL, household enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Robert 63 plasterer b SCT; wife Mary 56 b Newcastle, NBL; Children: Robert 22, Thomas 20 both plasterers; James 15 scholar all b Newcastle, NBL; WATSON: Dtr Harriet 32 b Newcastle; Grdchildren: Joseph 7, Grace 3 both scholars, John T 1 all b Wellington, NBL.8


     Robert was also known as Robinson marriage certs of Harriet (1863) and James (1886), and his own death index (1876) but all his own census data was as Robert.10,7,6

DNA Info

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Mary Ann Wilson (circa 1816 - bet. Sep 1873 - Dec 1873)
  • Jacob Fairbairn4,12 (circa Jul 1837 - bet. Sep 1916 - Dec 1916)
  • Harriet Fairbairn2 (circa Dec 1838 - aft. 1871)
  • Elizabeth Fairbairn2 (circa 1840 - aft. 1841)
  • Robert Fairbairn2 (circa Jun 1848 - aft. 1901)
  • Thomas Fairbairn2 (circa 1850 - aft. 1851)
  • James William Fairbairn+11,7 (bet. Mar 1856 - Jun 1856 - bet. Mar 1916 - Jun 1916)
ChartsRobert/Robinson and Mary (WILSON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited30 May 2012


  1. [S200] 1841 Census images, England & Wales, via, Byker, All Saints, NBL, HO107/846 Bk 6 ED 11 F 12 Pg 16, hsehold of Robert & Mary FAIRBAIRN, extracted Feb 2009.
  2. [S202] 1851 Census images, England & Wales, via, Byker, Dist Newcastle Upon Tyne, NBL, HO107/2408 ED 1b F 33 Pg 8 Sched 27, hsehold of Robert & Mary FAIRBAIRN, extracted Feb 2009.
  3. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at, Birth 18 Dec 1807 Bap. 17 Jan 1808 Robertson s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Ann KERR, Dalkeith, MLN, from Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 batch C11683-6 film 1066680, extracted May 2012.
  4. [S5] online at, Bap. 2 Jul 1837 Jacob s/o Robert & Mary FAIRBAIRN, All Saints, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NBL, from England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906, Film 1068939, 1836 - 1844, extracted Mar 2011.
  5. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Marr. 17 Jul 1836 Robert FAIRBAIRN & Mary WILSON, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL, from Northumberland and Durham Marriages, extracted Mar 2011.
  6. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Dth 1876 Q1 Robinson FAIRBAIRN, aged 67, reg. Morpeth, NBL 10b/209, extracted May 2012.
  7. [S3182] Joanne FINN, "EM FAIRBAIRN/SILSON/MITCHELL PEM ex Jo," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 18 May 1886 James William s/o Robinson FAIRBAIRN; Annie d/o William MITCHELL, St Oswalds Hebburn, DUR, copy rcvd May 2012.
  8. [S206] 1871 Census images, England & Wales, via, Morpeth NBL, RG10/5162 ED 11 F 52 Pg 3 Sched 14, hsehold of Robert & Mary FAIRBAIRN, extracted Feb 2009.
  9. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", May 2012.
  10. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Marr. 22 Jun 1863 Harriet d/o Robinson FAIRBAIRN to John WATSON, via ancestry message service, from francawthorne, rcvd Mar 2011.
  11. [S204] 1861 Census images, England & Wales, via, Morpeth NBL, RG9/3871 ED 11 F 8 Pg 9 Sched 41, hsehold of Robert & Mary FAIRBAIRN, extracted Feb 2009.
  12. [S5] online at, Marr. 14 Apr 1860 Jacob (23) s/o Robert FAIRBAIRN & Margaret (21) d/o Moses RYLES, All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL, from England & Wales Marriages, 1538-1940, extracted Mar 2011.
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