Mary Fairbairn1

(1807 - 12 Aug 1886)
Father-AssmdJames Fairbairn (m. Margaret HOG) (bet. 1765 - 1771 - say 1844); parents assumed from place associations and naming pattern of Mary's children2
Mother-AssmdMargaret Hog2 (circa 1769 - Aug 1825)


     Mary Fairbairn was born in 1807 SCT.1,3
     Mary Fairbairn married John Darling on 11 Dec 1827 Fogo, BEW, SCT, (family info says Duns, records say Fogo) Entry shows "John Darling and Mary Fairbairn both of this parish were regularly proclaimed & married" (a preceding entry was Isabella Fairbairn to Alexr Miller, both of this parish 23 Nov 1827.)1,4
     Mary Darling died on 12 Aug 1886 Peterborough Twp, Peterborough Co., ONT, CAN; cert. shows Mary DAILING (sic) as 79, widow, b SCT cod chronic gastritis 1 yr; Inf. son-in-law D BELLINGHAM, Peterborough; Reg 12 Aug. Presb.
(no parents stated, cert. doesn't have a slot for them, and why didn't they kindly say b. Fogo SCT, to help us confirm this tentative id?)3 She was buried Little Lake Cem., Peterborough Co., ONT, CAN.1
The Fogo connection:
An Isabella married at Fogo the mth before Mary married John Darling.
She seems likely to be the Isabella born to James & Margaret (HOG) FAIRBAIRN 1802, Whinkerstones, Fogo, and although there is no extant baptism for a Mary to James and Margaret, the naming pattern of her children indicate her parents may well be a James & Margaret.
Family believe that Mary is Andrew's sister, and stated that Mary married John at Duns. It is significant that Mary's assumed sister Margaret's baptism in the Fogo registers states it was "at Duns", likewise James and Margaret's marriage, although at Fogo, was performed by the " Minr of the Burgher Congregation in Dunse."2,5,6,7


     Mary Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1852 Harvey & Smith, Peterborough Co., ONT, CAN, with John Darling, enumerated as DARLING (ages next birthday): John 5 farmer; Mary 44; Margaret 24, Alexander 22 labourer, all b SCT; Alice 21, Agnes 17, Jane 13, James 12, Mary 10, Robert? 8, Eliza 7, Hannah 4, Sarah 1 all b Canada.8
     Mary Darling appeared on the census of 1861 Smith Twp, Peterborough Co., ONT, CAN, with John Darling, enumerated as DARLING: John 59; Mary 53 both marr, b SCT; Alex 30 labourer, Margt 32 both unm b SCT; Agness 24, James 21 labourer, Robert 18 labourer, Hannah 13, Sarah 10, both attended school, all b W Canada.9
     Mary Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1871 Smith Twp, Peterborough Co., ONT, with John Darling, enumerated as DARLING: John 69; Mary 63 both b SCT F. Presb; Agnes 35, James 31, Robert 27 (Baptist), Anne 22, Sarah 20; All b ONT, Scotch, F Presb. apart from Robert (Baptist); Robert ?PATON? 22, English, farmer; Next hsehold Alexander DARLING 41; Mary Anne 24 both b SCT, Marr.10
     Mary Darling appeared on the census of 1881 Smith Twp, Peterborough West, ONT, CAN, enumerated as DARLING: James 41, marr. farmer, Scotch; assumed wife Sarah A 31 English; Assumed children: Mary E 4, John H 9/12 (b. June) both Scotch; All b ONT; Assumed mother Mary 74 wid. b SCT.11
ChartsJames & Margaret (HOG) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited8 Apr 2012


  1. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Birth 1807 Marr. 1827 (Duns) Mary FAIRBAIRN, sister to Andrew, to John DARLING, from Family Andrew FAIRBAIRN & Eliza Ann HAGERMAN, published by Cathy & Ray FAIRBAIRN, 1032 Birch Lake Rd. Massey, On P0P 1P0 Canada (705) 865-2827 , from…, extracted Aug 2009.
  2. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Aug 2009.
  3. [S5] online at, Dth 12 Aug 1886 Mary DAILING (sic), Peterborough Twp, Peterborough, from Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-193, extracted from image Apr 2012.
  4. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 11 Dec 1827 Mary FAIRBAIRN & John DARLING, Fogo, BEW 740/0020 0056, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  5. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 19 May 1802 Isabella d/o James FAIRBAIRN (smith at ?Wh?inkerstones), Fogo, BEW 740/0010 0180, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  6. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 27 Nov 1827 Isabel FAIRBAIRN & Alexr MILLER, Fogo, BEW, copy d/loaded (for Mary FAIRBAIRN/John DARLING) Aug 2009.
  7. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 24 Jul 1798 Margaret d/o James FAIRBAIRN (smith at Whinkerstones), Fogo, BEW 740/0010 0175, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  8. [S809] Census image, Canada, via, 1851 Harvey and Smith, Peterborough County, Canada West (Ontario); Schedule: A; Roll: C_11748; Page: 59;, hsehold of John & Mary DARLING, extracted Apr 2012.
  9. [S809] Census image, Canada, via, 1861 Smith, Peterborough, Canada West; Roll: C-1067; Page: 60, hsehold of John & Mary DARLING, extracted Nov 2010.
  10. [S809] Census image, Canada, via, 1871 Smith, Peterborough West, Ontario; Roll: C-9986; Page: 32; Family No: 107, hsehold of John & Mary DARLING, extracted Apr 2012.
  11. [S809] Census image, Canada, via, 1881 Smith, Peterborough West, Ontario; Roll: C_13241; Page: 28; Family No: 130, hsehold of Mary DARLING, extracted Apr 2012.
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