Alexander Fairbairn1

(say 1725 - aft. 1797)


     Alexander (and Betty NEWTON) are assumed to be the parents of the James married to Agnes BRACK by place, date, and naming pattern.
Of the known children of James and Agnes 1st son was Alexander, and 2nd dtr Betty.
James was tenant of Bruntaburn Mill when son Alexander born in 1784, this being where mother Betty died.
In addition, James and Alexander can both be placed at Carrolside in the 1790s.
May, or may not, be the same Alexander with son William, born 1763 Bireholside Mill, and dtr Isabel, born 1768 Mellerstain, both in the parish of Earlston.2,1,3,4,5


     Alexander Fairbairn was born say 1725 ?Earlston, Par. of Earlston, BEW, SCT, not immediately obvious in Westruther, OPR.1,6,7,8 He married Bety Newton say 1758 ?Greenlaw, BEW, SCT; date is based on a likely "booking" in the Greenlaw cash book, which only mentions Alexander, no wife, assumed to be for a marriage, and this date likely to fit the age of assumed son James.8,9
     Alexander Fairbairn died aft. 1797 ?Carrolside Mill, Par. of Legertwood, BEW, SCT.1
Alexander assumed to be the one at Carrolside Mill, Legertwood in 1797 being taxed for 2 work horses, at 2/- each.1

DNA Info

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Bety Newton (circa 1729 - Nov 1784)
  • James Fairbairn+ (say 1760 - aft. 1802); relationship assumed by naming pattern (James' 1st son named Alexander), place connections (Carrolside Mill)6,10
ChartsAlexander & Betsy (NEWTON) FAIRBAIRN
Wanted: Alexander & Betsy (NEWTON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited25 Mar 2012


  1. [S2891] 1797 Farm Horse Tax Rolls - Scotland online at, 12 Sep 1797 Alexr FAIRBAIRN, Carrolside Mill, Par. of Legertwood, BEW, extracted Dec 2009.
  2. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Sep - Oct 2010.
  3. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 9 Apr Bap.11 May 1794 John s/o James FAIRBAIRN (tenant at Carrolsidemill, Legerwood, BEW), 749/ 0010 0145, copy d/loaded Sep 2010.
  4. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 13 Mar Bap.15 Apr 1792 Janet d/o James FAIRBAIRN (tenant at Carrolside Milln, Legerwood, BEW), 749/ 0010 0138, copy d/loaded Sep 2010.
  5. [S2849] Elspeth Ewan, MIs: BEW Greenlaw, H/stone #575 Bety NEWTON w/o Alexander FAIRBAIRN, Bruntaburn Mill, extracted Oct 2010.
  6. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 20 Mar 1783 James FAIRBAIRN, Westruther & Agnes BRACK, Lauder, booked both parishes 1 Feb, Lauder 748/00 0010 0180, Westruther 756/00 0010 0349, copies d/loaded Sep 2010.
  7. [S2449] Wikipedia online at, Birth 9 Apr 1794 John s/o James FAIRBAIRN & Agnes BLACK, Carolside Mill, Legerwood, Berwicshire (quoting HC BOTHA's "John Fairbairn in South Africa" 336pp, hardback, d.w., No 5, Cape Town , 1984), extracted Sep 2010.
  8. [S2856] David Cargill (compiler), MIs: BEW: Vol 2 Eastern Parishes - book, H/stone #575 Bety NEWTON w/o Alexander FAIRBAIRN, Bruntaburn Mill, extracted Oct 2010.
  9. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Booking Sep 1758 Alexander FAIRBAIRN, 10/-, Greenlaw, BEW, 74300 0030 0207, copy d/loaded Oct 2010.
  10. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 22 Mar 1784 Alexander s/o James FAIRBAIRN, Burntopburn Mill, Westruther, BEW 756/00 0010 0220, copy d/loaded Sep 2010.
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