James Fairbairn (m. Margaret HOG)1,2,3

(bet. 1765 - 1771 - say 1844)


     James Fairbairn was born bet. 1765 - 1771 Fogo?, BEW, SCT, no immediately obvious births present themselves. It is tempting to assume that there might be a relationship to the smiths of Ednam, but that is pure conjecture from James' occupation and the fact that assumed son Andrew has a Charles in his family.4,5 He married Margaret Hog on 22 Apr 1795 Fogo, BEW, SCT; entry reads: "James Fairbairn, Smith in Whinkerstones, & Margt Hog both in this parish were regularly proclaimed and Married by Mr Davidson Minr of the Burgher Congregation in Dunse."1
     James Fairbairn was assumed to have died say 1844 ?Fogo, BEW, SCT, because there is an 1844 death recorded in the Fogo OPR for a James, as yet unchecked.4,6
NB Children Andrew and Mary assigned to the family of James and Margaret (HOG) FAIRBAIRN are only assumed to belong here (rather than to the family of Francis & Isabella (HENDERWICK) FAIRBAIRN of Selkirk many trees assign Andrew to.)5


     James Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 Fogo Muir, Par. of Fogo, BEW, SCT, as FAIRBAIRN (indexed as FANBRIN): James 70 blacksmith b BEW; MILLAR: Alex 35 blacksmith, Isabella 30, Isabella 11, William 9, Mary 8, James 6, Jan 3, Alexander 1, all b BEW (some transcr. as MILLAN) (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)4

DNA Info

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Margaret Hog (circa 1769 - Aug 1825)
  • Margaret Fairbairn3 (circa Jul 1798 - May 1871)
  • Isabella Fairbairn+2,4,7 (Apr 1802 - 1856)
  • Andrew Fairbairn+ (Feb 1806 - Jun 1863); Andrew is known to have had a sister Mary who "married John DARLING at Duns", but the marriage was recorded in the Fogo registers, where there is this likely family5,8,9
  • Mary Fairbairn (1807 - Aug 1886); parents assumed from place associations and naming pattern of Mary's children5
ChartsJames & Margaret (HOG) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited12 Apr 2012


  1. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 22 Apr 1795 James FAIRBAIRN (smith at Whinkerstones) & Margaret HOG, Fogo, BEW, 740/0010 0238, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  2. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 19 May 1802 Isabella d/o James FAIRBAIRN (smith at ?Wh?inkerstones), Fogo, BEW 740/0010 0180, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  3. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Bap. 24 Jul 1798 Margaret d/o James FAIRBAIRN (smith at Whinkerstones), Fogo, BEW 740/0010 0175, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
  4. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Fogo Muir, Fogo, BEW Par. 740 ED 1 Pg 10, hsehold of James FAIRBAIRN (indexed as FANBRIN), extracted Dec 2010.
  5. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Aug 2009.
  6. [S3162] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Deaths 1538-1854", Dth/Burial 18 Jun 1844 James FAIRBAIRN, Fogo, BEW 740/00 0020 0079, extracted from index Apr 2012.
  7. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 27 Nov 1827 Isabel FAIRBAIRN & Alexr MILLER, Fogo, BEW, copy d/loaded (for Mary FAIRBAIRN/John DARLING) Aug 2009.
  8. [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 http://www.genealogy.com/users/f/a/i/…, extracted Aug 2009.
  9. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 11 Dec 1827 Mary FAIRBAIRN & John DARLING, Fogo, BEW 740/0020 0056, copy d/loaded Aug 2009.
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