Thomas Fairbairn (m. Jean LAWSON)1

(circa 1774 - 24 Mar 1864)
MotherHelen Grieve2 (say 1750 - )


     Thomas Fairbairn was born circa 1774 St Monans, FIF, SCT.3,4
     Thomas Fairbairn married Jean Lawson on 14 Jul 1804 Kilrenny, FIF, SCT.5,1
     Thomas Fairbairn died on 24 Mar 1864 Cellardyke, Par. of Kilrenny, FIF, SCT; cert. shows Thomas as 89, widower, pauper, s/o Helen GRIEVE dec'd; died 6pm of bronchitis 3 weeks; Inf dtr Janet X her mark, present. Reg. 30th Mar.1,6


     Thomas Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 Brae Head, Cellardyke, Par. of Kilrenny, FIF, SCT, with Jean Fairbairn, as IRELAND: Peter 25 ag lab; Isabella 25; Next door: FAIRBAIRN: Thomas 67 ag lab; Jane 67; David 32 blacksmith; Sophia 29; TAYLOR: Janet 74 pauper; All b FIF (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)3
     Thomas Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1861 Braehead Eastward, Cellardyke, Par. of Kilrenny, FIF, SCT, enumerated as FREEBAIRN: Thomas 87 pauper, formerly ploughman b St Monance, FIF; Dtr Janet 29 oiler b Cellardyke, FIF; Grdson Alexander LESLIE 4 (mother Janet) b Cellardyke.4

DNA Info

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


     Thomas Fairbairn is the ancestor of researcher Bea Rein. Email: Bea.5


Jean Lawson (Apr 1774 - Mar 1847)
  • Thomas Fairbairn1 (Jun 1805 - Dec 1879)
  • David Fairbairn5 (Sep 1809 - Sep 1880)
ChartsLineage 2a1: Thomas & Jean (LAWSON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited11 Feb 2013


  1. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 9 Dec 1879 Thomas FAIRBAIRN, reg. Ceres, FIF, Dist 415 Pg 12 #36, copy d/loaded May 2009.
  2. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 24 Mar 1864 Thomas FAIRBAIRN, reg. Kilrenny, FIF Dist 438 Pg 4 #10, copy d/loaded May 2009.
  3. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Cellardyke, Brae Head, Kilrenny, FIF Par. 438 ED 1 Pg 30, hsehold of Peter IRELAND, extracted May 2009.
  4. [S205] 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Cellardyke, Kilrenny, FIF Reg. 438 ED 1 Pg 35 Sched 202, hsehold of Thomas FREEBAIRN, extracted May 2009.
  5. [S2846] Bea REIN, "FAIRBAIRN/GRIEVE, FIF: FT & corres. ex Bea R", Family of Thomas FAIRBAIRN & Jean LOWSON, rcvd May 2009.
  6. [S2846] Bea REIN, "FAIRBAIRN/GRIEVE, FIF: FT & corres. ex Bea R", Dth 24 Mar 1864 Thomas FAIRBAIRN, Cellardyke, Kilrenny, FIF, rcvd May 2009.
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