John Fairbairn1

(circa 1819 - 18 Nov 1880)
Father-AssmdAlexander Fairbairn2,3 (circa 1789 - Feb 1866)
MotherAnnie Robertson2 (circa 1780 - 1864)


     John Fairbairn was born circa 1819 Crail, FIF, SCT, or Dunino, FIF abt 1822 (1871.)4,5
     John Fairbairn married Agnes Rolland on 30 Oct 1837 Cameron, FIF, SCT.1,6
     John Fairbairn married Christian Gowans in 1878 reg. Kennoway, FIF, SCT.2,7
     John Fairbairn died on 18 Nov 1880 Balmalcolm, Par. of Kettle, FIF, SCT; cert. shows John as 62 gen. labourer marr. to Christina GOWANS, previously to Agnes ROLLAND; s/o John FAIRBAIRN ploughman & Annie m.s. ROBERTSON both dec'd; d. 6:30pm of vavular disease of hear 1 yr; inf. son Wm; reg. 24th.2,1
The "father John" from John's death cert. rather looks like it should really be Alexander.
This fits naming pattern in as far as John and Agnes' 1st son was Alexander, 2nd David, 1st dtr Janet, and Agnes' parents look like David & Janet (LAWSON) ROLLAND. No known 2nd dtr to further test this theory.
Additional circumstantial evidence is that an Alexander and Ann (ROBERTSON) FAIRBAIRN were also living at Radernie in 1841, and were married around the right time, and as yet no other evidence for a John & Ann (ROBERTSON) FAIRBAIRN of this time and place has been found.3,8


     John Fairbairn and Agnes Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 Radernie, Par. of Cameron, FIF, SCT, and are assumed to be husband and wife. They were enumerated as FREABEARN (FREABAIRN on fmp): John 20 ag lab; Agnes 20; Assumed children: Alexander 3, David 1 All b FIF.9
     The census of 1851 showed John with his wife Agnes, their sons James, John and William, their dtr Janet Newhall Farm Cot Hse, Crail, FIF, SCT, household enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: John 32 ag lab b Crail; wife Agnes 30 b Largo, FIF; Children: James 8 scholar b Cameron, FIF; Janet 7 b Largo; John 4 b Kilrenny, FIF, William 1 b Crail.10
     John Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1861 Kirkmay, Crail Landward, FIF, SCT, with Agnes enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: John 42 cattle feeder b Crail; wife Agnes 40 b Largo, FIF; Children: John 14 ag lab b Kilrenny, FIF, William 11, Thomas 9, Andrew 6 all scholars, George 4 all b Crail.4
     John Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1871 Limehills, Par. of Cults, FIF, SCT, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN, John Head Married 49 limehill Labr b Dunino, Fife; Sons: William 22 Limehill Labr; Andrew 16 Limehill Labr; George 14 Carter all b Crail, FIF.5

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Agnes Meldrum Rolland (Apr 1819 - 1873)
  • Alexander Fairbairn9 (circa 1838 - aft. 1841)
  • David Fairbairn1 (Apr 1840 - bet. 1881 - 1915)
  • James Fairbairn10 (circa 1843 - )
  • Janet Fairbairn10 (circa 1844 - )
  • John Fairbairn10 (circa 1847 - )
  • William Fairbairn10 (circa 1850 - )
  • Thomas Fairbairn4 (circa 1853 - Apr 1925)
  • Andrew Fairbairn4 (circa 1855 - 1929)
  • George Fairbairn4 (circa 1857 - aft. 1881)
ChartsThomas & Ann (SMITH) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited4 Jul 2013


  1. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Marr. 15 Apr 1865 David FAIRBAIRN & Jane VEITCH, reg. Par. of Newlands, PEE 767 Pg 3 #5, copy d/loaded Dec 2009.
  2. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 18 Nov 1880 John s/o John (sic) FAIRBAIRN & Annie ROBERTSON; h/o Christian GOWANS; wid/o Agnes ROLLAND, reg. Kettle, FIF, 435 #37, copy d/loaded Sep 2009.
  3. [S1] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", May 2012.
  4. [S205] 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Crail Landward, FIF reg. 417/2 ED 2 Pg 6 Sched 30, hsehold of John & Agnes FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jan 2010.
  5. [S1599] Findmypast online at, 1871 Cults, FIF, hsehold of John FAIRBAIRN, extracted May 2012.
  6. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marr. 30 Oct 1837 John FAIRBAIRN & Agnes ROLLAND, batch M114125, Cameron, FIF, extracted Dec 2009.
  7. [S2970] Births deaths marriages index: Scotland 1855+, Marr. 1878 John FAIRBAIRN & Christina GOWANS or McKAY, reg. Kennoway, FIF 434 #9, extracted from index May 2012 ,
  8. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at, Birth 26 Apr Bap. 9 May 1819 Agnes d/o David ROLLAND & Janet LAWSON, Largo, FIF, from Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, extracted May 2012.
  9. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Radernie, Par. of Cameron, FIF Par. 412 ED 4 Pg 3, hsehold of John & Agnes FREABEARN (FREABAIRN on fmp), extracted May 2012.
  10. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Crail, FIF Par. 417 ED 2A Pg 10 Sched 26, hsehold of John & Agnes FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jan 2010.
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