James Fairbairn (Rev @ Newhaven)1

(16 Dec 1804 - 3 Jan 1879)
FatherJames Fairbairn2 (circa Aug 1762 - bet. 1841 - 1851)
MotherElizabeth Taylor2 (circa Feb 1778 - Jan 1838)


     James Fairbairn was born on 16 Dec 1804 Huntingdon, Par. of Lauder, BEW, SCT, entry reads: James Fairbairn in Huntingdon and Eliza Taylor his spouse their son James born 16 Decr 1804.3,4
     James Fairbairn (Rev @ Newhaven) died on 3 Jan 1879 Free Ch Manse, North Leith, MLN, SCT, at age 74; cert. shows James as 74, single, Minister Free Church, Newhaven, s/o James FAIRBAIRN, farmer and Elizabeth m.s. TAYLOR, both dec'd; d 11pm cancer of bowel over 1 month; Inf. Peter Chas PURVES, cousin, present, Ferry Rd, ?Warden?, Edin;, Reg Jan 7th.3,2
We have much to be grateful to the Revd James FAIRBAIRN of Newhaven for.
He left a very detailed will, with many specific bequests, even naming some of the relationships.
Researching this has contributed greatly to the overall form of this Fairbairn family tree, particularly when this information was combined with other related TAYLOR and MACK wills.5


     James Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 Summer Lodge, Par. of North Leith, MLN, SCT, as FAIRBAIRN: Jas 35 Minister of Newhaven; Elizab 35 both b MLN SCT; Jane ROBERTSON 20 F.S. b MLN (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)6
     James Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1851 4 Laverock Brae, Trinity, Par. of North Leith, MLN, SCT, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: James 46 Free Church Minister, Newhaven, b Lauder, BEW; Sister Eliza 49 annuitant b Lauder; Servant Mary MURRAY 19 b Moffat, DFS.7
     James Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1861 Sunnyside, North Leith, MLN, SCT, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: James 56 Minister of Free Church; Sister Eliza 59, annuitant, both b Lauder, BEW; Servant Mary TAYLOR 34 b St Andrews, OKI.8
     James Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1871 Free Ch Manse, North Leith, MLN, SCT, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: James 66 F.C. Minister b Lauder, BEW; sister Eliza 69 b Lauder; Servants: (LESLIE): Elizabeth 25, Janet 17 both b Keekcally (?Kirkcaldy?), FIF.3
ChartsLineage 1a2: John & Magdalen (BO) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited1 Apr 2012


  1. [S2956] Will/Codicils: Rev James FAIRBAIRN d Newhaven 1879 (Will (27 Jan 1874) Codicils (10 Sep 1874, 12 Jun 1878, 24 Jul 1878, 7 Nov 1878, 21 Dec 1878) Proved 6 Jul 1879) Edinburgh Sheriff Court SC70/4/176: Written 28 Jan 1874, copy d/loaded Oct 2010.
  2. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 3 Jan 1879 James s/o James FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeth TAYLOR, reg. Leith Nth, MLN 692/01 Pg 3 #9, copy d/loaded May 2009.
  3. [S207] 1871 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Leith Nth, MLN, Reg. 692/1 ED 19 Pg 4 Sched 17, hsehold of James & Eliza FAIRBAIRN, extracted May 2009.
  4. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 16 Dec 1804 James s/o James FAIRBAIRN & Eliza TAYLOR, reg. Lauder, BEW 748/00 0020 0225, copy d/loaded May 2009.
  5. [S1] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", Oct 2010.
  6. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Nth Leith, MLN Par. 692/1 ED 64 Pg 5, hsehold of Jas FAIRBAIRN, extracted Oct 2010.
  7. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Trinity, Par. of Leith Nth, MLN Par. 692/1 ED 69 Pg 4 or 14, Sched 12, hsehold of James FAIRBAIRN, extracted May 2009.
  8. [S205] 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Sunnyside, Nth Leith, MLN Reg. 692/1 ED 19 Sched 58, hsehold of James FAIRBAIRN, extracted Oct 2010.
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