John Fairbairn (m. Magdalen BO)1

(say 1685 - bet. Apr 1721 - Jan 1722)


     John Fairbairn was born say 1685 ?Lidgatehead, Par. of Earlston, BEW, SCT.1
     John Fairbairn married Magdalen Bo say 1710 ?Par. of Earlston, BEW, SCT.1
     John Fairbairn died bet. Apr 1721 - Jan 1722 Lidgatehead, Par. of Earlston, BEW, SCT; son James's Jan 1722 baptism was as "posthumous son to John fairbairn lidgatehead in fanns."1,2
The family of John and Magdalen (BO) FAIRBAIRN shown here has been pieced together from surviving BDM and headstone records, FAIRBAIRN/TAYLOR/MACK wills, newspaper snippets, and is supported by evidence from the dna project.
Additional information would be most welcome, as would yDNA testers from unrepresented lines.

The current status of when BIgY tested Fairbairn DNA branches are estimated to have formed can be viewed in the FamilyTreeDNA Discover report Time Tree

Assorted DNA branch snapshots over time can be found on the Guild of One Name Studies Fairbairn pages under Media > Histories filtered for DNA
eg a snapshot there of an annotated block tree, (a format available only to individual testers), as at Dec 2022, taken shortly before FamilyTree DNA's Discover reports were released.

John FAIRBAIRN, who married Magdalen BO is believed to be the common yDNA ancestor of the lines of John FAIRBAIRN who married PURVES at Legerwood in 1754 and of James FAIRBAIRN who married TAIT at Legerwood in 1794. Both are shown to share haplogroup I-FTB39538.3,4

DNA Info

     John belongs to a tested line in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Check out this link for the public DNA results at the Fairbairn Surname DNA project on FamilyTreeDNA.


     Click here to see John's page on WikiTree.5


Magdalen Bo (say 1685 - aft. 1722)
  • Isabel Fairbairn6 (circa Mar 1713 - )
  • Jean Fairbairn7 (circa Jan 1715 - )
  • John Fairbairn8 (circa Jan 1717 - )
  • Isabel Fairbairn1 (circa Feb 1719 - )
  • Margaret Fairbairn9 (circa Sep 1720 - )
  • James Fairbairn (m. Elizabeth PURVES)+2 (circa Jan 1722 - Oct 1808)
ChartsLineage 1a2: John & Magdalen (BO) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited27 Jun 2024


  1. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 15 Feb 1719 Isabel d/o John FAIRBAIRN (Lidgatehead) & Magdalen BO, Lidgatehead, Par. of Earlston, BEW 736/010 0052, copy d/loaded Dec 2009.
  2. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 17 Jan 1722 James s/o John FAIRBAIRN, Lidgatehead Par. of Earlston, 736/0010 0076, copy d/loaded Dec 2009.
  3. [S14] FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project online at, Stewart (F-38), Bob (F-34), (F-42), exact 67/67/ match, extracted from FT DNA GAP, Jun 2011.
  4. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Sep - Dec 2010, updated Jun 2024.
  5. [S3217] WikiTree online at, added Jim 2024.
  6. [S3110] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Births 1538-1854", Bap. 22 Mar 1713 Isabel d/o John FAIRBAIRN, Lidgatehead Par. of Earlston, 736/0010 0052, index searched Dec 2009.
  7. [S3110] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Births 1538-1854", Bap. 20 Jan 1715 Jean d/o John FAIRBAIRN, Lidgatehead Par. of Earlston, 736/0010 0056, index searched Dec 2009.
  8. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 3 Feb 1717 John s/o John FAIRBAIRN, Lidgatehead Par. of Earlston, 736/0010 0062, copy d/loaded Dec 2009.
  9. [S3110] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Births 1538-1854", Bap. 11 Sep 1720 Margaret d/o John FAIRBAIRN, Lidgatehead Par. of Earlston, 736/0010 0072, index searched Dec 2009.
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